International infrastructure group Balfour Beatty announced on Monday that it will carry out full transformation work to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, under a GBP154m contract awarded by E20 Stadium LLP, a joint venture between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council.
Balfour Beatty said the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium will be transformed into an all-round multi-use venue, which will provide a lasting sporting, cultural and commercial legacy in East London. It added that the new contract includes a GBP41m contract for the Stadium roof that it was awarded in last summer. When the Stadium’s cable net roof is reconfigured, it will be the largest cantilevered roof in the world, measuring 84 metres wide at its deepest point. The new roof will cover every seat in the Stadium and as well as enhancing the spectator experience, it will also improve the acoustics.
Work is due to commence on site early in 2014 and the project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016. The company stated that it will use sustainable construction methods for the project and parts of the existing facility will be recycled and incorporated into the new Stadium, while crushed demolition material, existing balustrades and sanitary ware will also be re-used. The project is expected to employ up to 400 people and Balfour Beatty said it will work with Workplace, Newham Council’s employment service in order to ensure the employment of local people where possible. In addition, 7% of the total workforce will include apprenticeships created by Balfour Beatty.
The new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium will host five matches during the Rugby World Cup 2015 and will be the permanent home of West Ham United Football Club from 2016. A new community athletics track is to be provided next to the main Stadium and the UK’s athletes will take part in national competitions at the venue, which will also host elite international athletics events as well as other sporting, cultural and community events.
Andrew McNaughton, Balfour Beatty’s chief executive, commented: “We are delighted to be continuing our activity at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park supporting the legacy commitment made as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. During construction, our firm commitment to the use of local labour and the creation of apprenticeships will continue to benefit the local community and the wider industry and, upon completion, the Stadium will provide a first-class sporting and cultural facility for many generations to come. Balfour Beatty is proud to be associated with this project.”