Venue operators for after Olympic Games announced today
PUBLISHED: 12:10 09 January 2012 | UPDATED: 15:01 09 January 2012
Operators for Olympic venues after the Games have been secured, including the swimming pool and Britain’s largest observation sculpture, creating more than 250 jobs.
Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) will operate the Aquatics Centre and the Multi-Use Arena, used for handball during the Games, but capable of hosting a range of sports and exhibitions or concerts.
Balfour Beatty WorkPlace will run the ArcelorMittal Orbit and manage the maintenance of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, including security, cleaning, building, repair and grounds maintenance. The announcement came today with exactly 200 days to go to the 2012 Games.
The deals negotiated by the Olympic Park Legacy Company will generate 254 full-time jobs —with 75 per cent of jobs from the two contracts going to residents in one of the host boroughs, including Tower Hamlets and Greenwich. Eighty-six apprenticeships will also be generated every year during the ten year contracts, starting from 2013.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: To find operators to take over these world class facilities so far ahead of the Games and to secure their commitment to spread jobs and opportunities throughout the local communities is the icing on the 2012 cake.”
Small and medium sized enterprises are also promised to benefit from supply opportunities. The price of for using the venues will be the same as the average local pool or sports centre it is promised.
Chair of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, Baroness Margaret Ford, said: The contractors will play a key part in creating a park that is a thriving visitor destination with world class sporting venues that are both affordable and accessible to the public.”
Anchor tenants and events for the Stadium and the Press and Broadcast Centre are expected to be announced this summer.
Lee Valley Regional Park, which owns 20 per cent of the Olympic Park, will operate the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centres and the VeloPark.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will reopen in phases from 2013 following major transformation work following the Games.
The Multi-Use Arena is set to reopen in 2013, with the Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit reopening in 2014.
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