To date, delivery of construction materials to the Olympic Park site by water has been in the form of pilot operations to determine wharf locations and areas that require dredging. Regular use of the waterways will commence this summer following the opening of Prescott Lock in June which will enable 350-tonne barge access into the site.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is firmly committed to sustainability and actively encourages all contractors to use sustainable transportation methods. The ODA Sustainability Development Strategy (2007) states that 50 per cent. of construction materials (by weight) will be transported by sustainable means. There are no specific targets in relation to water or rail transportation.
In May 2008, Aggregate Industries was appointed sole provider of all aggregate materials needed for the construction of the venues and infrastructure to the Olympic Park including sand, gravel, crushed stone and recycled concrete. Aggregate Industries aims to transport 99 per cent. of aggregate materials via sustainable transport methods, surpassing the ODA's target of 50 per cent. The aim is that approximately 74 per cent. of the aggregate materials will be transported by rail and 25 per cent. by water, with only 1 per cent. transported by road for specialist materials which do not have established rail and water links.
Regular use of the waterways is expected to commence this summer following the scheduled completion in June of the dredging programme, wharf works near the Aquatics Centre venue, and the opening of Prescott Lock giving site access to barges of 350-tonne load capacity.
The opening of navigable waterways will enable freight barges to carry construction materials in, and waste out, of the park during the construction phase and the Olympic Delivery Authority actively encourages contractors to employ sustainable transport methods at every opportunity. The Olympic stadium contractor, for example, is already arranging regular delivery of construction steelwork to its venue site using this revitalised network of park waterways.