To most people, the London 2012 Summer Olympics is a pleasant but distant memory. However, part of the legacy of the Games stands in the shape of the Athletes’ Village. Redeveloped as East Village it is now a thriving residential neighbourhood with community facilities, new parks and open spaces.
Lendlease managed the construction of the original Athletes’ Village for the 2012 Games as well as the redevelopment of the site, within 12 months of the end of the Olympic Games, into East Village (for more details see infographic). Determined to meet the immovable and highly visible deadlines, and taking into account the challenges of the project, it was decided an integrated project controls approach was critical to success. Using the Conject CDE proved crucial in managing time, cost and quality across the project, as Chris Webster Applications Practice Manager at Lendlease, says ‘The programme being built on time is testament to the Conject CDE’.
Challenges of the £1.38 billion project
The initial phase of the construction of the Athletes’ Village was the largest and busiest residential construction site in the UK, involving the fastest delivery and handover of residential property ever achieved on this scale.
The challenges included:
• A functional railway line running through the centre of the site was covered over to enable the start of construction.
• 3 bridges were built over the existing railway line to connect the Village to the existing community.
• Olympic Games security requirements had to be accommodated.
* The logistics and safety challenges of managing construction with up to 6,000 site operatives.
• Planning challenges of designing for the Legacy condition, whilst efficiently accommodating 17,000 athletes and officials for the Games.
• Management of all Westfield construction and operational traffic through the site during construction.
For more details about how Lendlease used Conject to deliver the Athletes’ Village see the infographic. Find out how you can meet your project timescales whilst ensuring quality and remaining within budget using the Project Controls solution from CONJECT.