The former head of the company which built projects for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 was today put in charge of building venues and facilities for the London 2012 Games.
David Higgins, who ran the Lend Lease Group in Australia which constructed the Olympic Village for the Games five years ago, will be chief executive of the new Olympic Delivery Authority.
Mr Higgins, currently chief executive of English Partnerships, joins Jack Lemley, who was appointed ODA's chairman last week.
Olympics minister Tessa Jowell said: 'They will oversee what I am reliably informed ... is the biggest construction project in Europe - the development of the
delivery of the Olympic Park.'
Mr Higgins takes up his new post full-time in the new year. He joined English Partnerships, the Government's national regeneration agency, in March 2003 having previously been managing director and chief executive of the Lend Lease Group.
The company's developments included the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent, Europe's largest retail and leisure complex.
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