The papers in this special issue of Civil Engineering cover the early ‘planning and people’ stages of the Games, from
organisation and planning, through environmental and sustainability management, to procurement, employment, safety and transport.
The London 2012 Olympic Park transport and environmental management schemes framework was established through the planning process and subsequent S106 of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2007 planning consent. It provides a mechanism to allow the host boroughs to mitigate the effects of the London 2012 Olympic Park development through environmental transport management procedures, rather than only junction capacity schemes. This satisfied the boroughs’ sustainability ambitions and assisted delivery of the Olympic Delivery Authority's primary sustainability aims.
The UK Olympic Delivery Authority is responsible for providing infrastructure to serve the biggest sporting event in the world and support the long-term regeneration of east London. The scale of development for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games presented an opportunity to implement a sustainable, ‘low carbon’ development, central to which are two large energy centres and an extensive district heating and cooling network. This paper describes the challenges to implementing the community energy network and how these have been overcome to deliver utilities i#nfrastructure to a tight programme and with significant private sector investment.
The new Lee Valley White Water Centre is the host venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games canoe and kayak slalom events. The £32 million facility was completed in December 2010, 18 months before the games, and is now open to the public. This paper explains how computational and physical hydraulic modelling validated the design and successfully mitigated design risk. Moveable obstacles were used within a fixed channel geometry to create flow constriction points and fine-tune white-water features, while the addition of a separate channel and highly efficient pumping system helps to minimise energy demand while achieving a world-class white-water course.
Following completion of the site investigation, the remediation design and soil remediation phases on the Olympic Park, the focus turned to the remediation of the underlying groundwater contamination. As with the soil, the groundwater aquifers had also been impacted by the downward migration of contamination following historic industrial activity in the area. This contamination required treatment by a number of techniques to protect both the surrounding watercourses that dissect the park and the underlying groundwater aquifers from further impact.