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Olympic Games 2012: Construction

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she is taking to contain the cost increases of Olympic venues; and if she will make a statement. (256482)

[holding answer 12 February 2009]: It is part of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) normal business to bear down on costs across the programme. As reported in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Annual Report, published January 2009, the forecast of potential final costs of the ODA programme includes estimated savings of £193 million, offsetting forecast increases. There are a range of controls in place to manage risks and budgets, control changes and control access to contingency. The forecast in potential cost increases in venues is offset by potential savings in other parts of the project. So far, the powerlines tunnelling project, Orient Way railway sidings project and the Weymouth and Portland sailing venue have all been delivered on time and budget.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are for the use of the (a) basketball arena, (b) white water course centre and (c) hockey centre after the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (256570)

Business plans are currently being developed for the legacy use of all permanent London 2012 sporting venues.

The basketball arena is a temporary venue. The venue will be dismantled after the Games, and as many component parts as possible will be relocated and reused. The site will be available for development as part of the Legacy Masterplan Framework, the spatial development plan for the legacy of the Olympic Park.

The Whitewater course centre will operate as a Whitewater Canoe and Rafting Centre in legacy, with two courses (300 m and 100 m) for elite and community use.

The hockey venue for the Games is a temporary venue, and will therefore be dismantled after the Games to provide parkland and public domain within the Olympic Park. On the Olympic Park in legacy, Eton Manor will provide hockey, tennis and five-a-side football facilities for community and high performance uses. The site will also accommodate allotments, a war memorial and a wind turbine. Eton Manor will be operated in legacy by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are for the use of the (a) international broadcast centre and (b) main press centre after the end of the London 2012 Olympic games. (256571)

The Government are working closely with the Mayor, the London Development Agency, London borough of Hackney and other partners to explore a number of proposals for the legacy use of both the international broadcast centre and main press centre. Our vision is for permanent facilities, focussed on the creative and media industries and on high quality employment for local communities, together with higher education uses. This work will be taken forward by the Olympic Park Legacy Company as part of its work programme to deliver a sustainable physical and socio-economic legacy from the games for the Olympic park and surrounding areas.