Work Continues For Olympic Park Transformation

Balfour Beatty has been appointed as lead contractor to carry out works to the stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The E20 Stadium Partnership, which has been established between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council, has awarded the £154m contract to Balfour Beatty to lead the transformation of the Stadium into an all round multi-use venue, which will deliver a lasting sporting, cultural and commercial legacy in east London.

Last summer, Balfour Beatty was awarded the contract to convert the Stadium roof and will now lead the remainder of the transformation works of the Stadium including constructing the warm-up track, spectator and hospitality facilities, and the external landscaping.

This will deliver a multi-use sporting venue ready to host five matches during Rugby World Cup next year, and from 2016, it will become the permanent home of West Ham United Football Club. The venue will also be the new national competition stadium for athletics in the UK, as well as being used for other sporting, cultural and community events.

During the construction phase, Balfour Beatty expects to employ up to 400 people and will work with Workplace, Newham Council's employment service, to employ local people where possible. Balfour Beatty is also committed to providing apprenticeships amounting to 7% of the total workforce.

Sustainable construction methods will be used, including recycling features of the existing stadium into the new scheme and the re-use of crushed demolition material.

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the Legacy Corporation, said: "This is another milestone in the development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We go into 2014 on track to deliver a world class venue that, when it fully opens in 2016, can be used year round to host a whole range of sporting, cultural and community events. The Stadium will be a truly remarkable legacy here in east London."

Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Andrew McNaughton, added: "We are delighted to be continuing our activity on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park supporting the legacy commitment made as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"During construction, our firm commitment to the use of local labour and the creation of apprenticeships will continue to benefit the local community and the wider industry and upon completion, the stadium will provide a first-class sporting and cultural facility for many generations to come which Balfour Beatty is proud to be associated with."

Works will commence on site in early 2014 with a scheduled completion date of spring 2016.


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