The ODA is transforming former industrial land, much of it contaminated through years of industrial neglect, to create a total of 100 hectares of parklands that will provide a colourful setting and festival atmosphere for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.
The southern part of the Park will focus on retaining the festival atmosphere from the Games, with riverside gardens, markets, events, cafes and bars in legacy. The landscape and public realm contract will include hard and soft landscape works, tree planting and the construction of the concourse which will link all the venues, entrances and parklands. The work, due to start in early 2010, will also include lighting, irrigation and drainage and delivering the London 2012 gardens stretching for half a mile between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium and celebrating centuries of British passion for gardens and plants.
ODA Head of Parklands and Public Realm John Hopkins said: 'This is an opportunity to be involved in creating one of the biggest urban parks of its type in Europe for 150 years for the London 2012 Games and legacy. The southern part of the park will provide a festival atmosphere during the Games, hosting the main spectator entrance, Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and London 2012 gardens. In legacy it has been designed to retain this festival atmosphere for the enjoyment of people living around and visiting the area.'
The northern area of the Park will use the latest green techniques to manage flood and rain water while providing quieter public space and habitats for hundreds of existing and rare species from kingfishers to otters.
Bam Nuttall is on track to start delivery of the northern section of parklands this spring and is currently procuring a number of specialist subcontractors and suppliers through a series of packages:
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