Olympic Delivery Authority chairman rules himself out of the running as Paul Morrell’s replacement.
Industry figures had proposed Sir John among some of the names they would like to see as the new chief construction adviser.
Mr Pollard had told CN that Sir John would have all the right qualities to take on the role and to be influential within government circles.
However a statement to CN confirmed that the chief construction adviser position is “not a role he wishes to pursue further”.
During Sir John’s tenure as ODA chairman, the construction of the Olympic Games has been widely applauded for its promotion of health and safety requirements and its low-carbon achievements. The Games are the first not to have had a construction-related death.
The construction phase of the Games has been delivered on time and the development of the Olympic Park has been hailed as a significant achievement, most notably from the construction industry.