Contractor appointed to deliver parklands for north of the Olympic Park

25 September 2008 21:25 - Royal BAM Group nv

(Media release Olympic Delivery Authority:) 24 September 2008 - The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today announced the appointment of a contractor to manage the delivery of the northern section of parklands in the London 2012 Olympic Park, which will be one of the largest new urban parks of its kind in Europe for 150 years.

Following a competitive procurement Edmund Nuttall has been appointed landscape and public realm contractor for the north of the Park on track to start work on site in spring 2009. The contractor will procure and manage a number of specialist subcontractors and suppliers through a series of packages, the first of which will be for the trees and plants required for the whole Park, which will be issued later this year.

LDA Design ♦ Hargreaves Associates has been appointed by the ODA to design the Olympic Park parklands for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Public consultation on the latest plans is currently underway ahead of a planning application being submitted next month.

ODA Head of Parklands and Public Realm John Hopkins said: "This is another important step towards the creation of the parklands that will both enhance the experience of the Games for spectators, athletes and TV viewers and leave a fantastic new green space in legacy. The project is on track and we will be working with our contractor to quickly roll-out the process of buying the tree and plant packages for the whole of the Park."

The landscape and public realm contractor will be responsible for managing the transformation of 40 hectares of former industrial land and landfill currently being cleared and cleaned, into new open spaces, parklands and waterways fit for the Games and legacy.

This will include hard and soft landscape works including tree planting and the construction of the concourse which will link all the venues, entrances and parklands. The contract will also include creating new wetland and other wildlife habitats, installing new allotments and permanent park furniture, lighting, irrigation and drainage.

A contract for the landscaping of the south of the park will be issued later in 2008

For further information please contact the Olympic Delivery Authority Press Office on 44 (0)203 2012 700 or visit the website at www.london2012.com.