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Olympic Games 2012: Costs

Volume 713: debated on Wednesday 21 October 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate (a) the integrity, and (b) the cost of designing and building the “Zaha Hadid Architects supported by S&P/Contractors Balfour Beatty” 2012 Olympics Aquatics Stadium Roof and supporting pillars; and what part was played by Alison Nimmo CBE, Director of Design & Regeneration, and David Higgins, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, for commissioning the roof. [HL5531]

The outline designs for the Aquatics Centre were approved by the Olympic Board in July 2006 and as reported in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Quarterly Economic Report issued in July 2009, the anticipated final cost of the Aquatics Centre project remains at £244 million, which is within the current project budget of £246 million. The Government Olympic Executive has no reason, at the present time, and does not intend to, investigate the project beyond its current level of scrutiny and oversight of the ODA's programme.

A design competition for the Aquatics Centre was held in 2004, and pre-dates the creation of the Olympic Delivery Authority. Subsequent revisions to the design in 2006 involved David Higgins, as chief executive of the ODA, and Alison Nimmo, as Director of Design and Regeneration for the ODA, but neither were directly involved in the procurement process.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cost of designing and building the “Zaha Hadid Architects supported by S&P/Contractors Balfour Beatty” 2012 Olympics Aquatics Stadium Roof and supporting pillars is over budget, and if so, by how much, and why. [HL5532]

As reported in the July 2009 Quarterly Economic Report, issued by the Government Olympic Executive, the anticipated final cost of the Aquatics Centre remains at £244 million. This figure is within the current budget for the venue which, as reported in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games annual report published in January, is £246 million.

The November 2007 baseline budget for the project was £214 million. This was increased to £246 million owing to the transfer of £28 million from the project budget for the F10 Bridge—the huge land bridge that will form part of the roof of the venue—and increases in scope to allow for enhanced community use of the venue in legacy.