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Olympics' construction legacy will benefit whole industry

Much is written about the Olympics’ legacy in sporting and cultural terms, less so about the lasting benefits to the construction industry – and the extent to which it should congratulate itself on a fantastic job, brilliantly done.

Yes, a huge amount of effort has gone into making sure everything is completed on time and to budget, but that effort has paid off - with exactly one year to go until the start of the Games, the building programme is already 88 per cent finished, with the completed Aquatics Centre the latest to be unveiled this week.

Firms that have been involved will reap the rewards. CN’s map this week (page 4-5) shows that the construction legacy will extend far beyond London. Hundreds of contractors and sub-contractors from all over the UK have helped make the project a success – and will surely win more work on the back of it.

But contractors that have not been involved directly will benefit too. The supply chain’s praise for the Olympic Delivery Authority as a client sounds loud and clear. In areas such as health and safety, sustainability and diversity it has pushed up standards and other clients will come under pressure to follow suit – indeed the industry is rightly making the most of the opportunities to take ensure the lessons learned are applied elsewhere.

This week you can get behind the fence on the Olympic site and celebrate the industry’s achievements, with a major project report for readers of Construction News and our sister title New Civil Engineer, produced in association with the ODA.

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