Britain’s Olympic legacy is set to extend far beyond major new sporting venues and the feelgood factor as contractors gear up for opportunities in Rio de Janeiro and the deconstruction of the Olympic Park in London.
About 5,000 workers will be on site next month to deconstruct Olympic sites in the UK, while senior consultants are already helping to shape developments for Rio 2016. Health and safety will remain the priority during the final phase of London 2012, after the industry’s successful delivery of the safest construction of any Olympic Games.
The London Mayor’s office lists the construction industry among the “silent heroes” for its work on London 2012, telling CN the job now is “to build on that by relentlessly promoting those achievements”, with Boris Johnson set to promote British firms’ accomplishments and promise on upcoming visits to Brazil, China and the Middle East.
Hopes are fading that Barr’s basketball arena could be moved to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic games, but CN can reveal the contractor is in discussion with several bidders over its next home.
While some companies were unable to speak to CN about their Olympic activity due to continuing media restrictions, many firms will be in line for more work as the world’s gaze turns west. Britain’s industry has a golden story to tell as it seeks to export expertise around the globe.