ODA launches contract for Olympic Park 3km walkway

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has launched its first landscaping contract for London’s Olympic Park.

The contract combines hard and soft landscaping to regenerate the Greenway — a 3km public walkway that runs through the south side of the site from Victoria Park to West Ham. The walkway is currently underused by locals as it is poorly lit and in a state of disrepair. The ODA hopes it will become a main route for spectators in 2012. Sponsor Kath Markey said: “This project is key to regenerating the neglected public spaces in and around the Olympic Park area and will improve access with the creation of a key walking and cycling route before, during and after the 2012 Games.” London-based architecture practice Adams & Sutherland is working on a design for the route, which will be built using recycled materials recovered from other parts of the Olympic Park site. The contractor chosen for the landscaping work will resurface and widen the path, carry out planting and other soft landscaping and fencing, and install benches, street furniture and signage. A shortlist of potential companies is being drawn up in November with the contract being awarded early next year. The ODA aims to have the landscape work completed by the end of summer 2008. The tendering deadline is 17 October. For more information and updates on available contracts, visit etenders.london2012.com. The procurement process for the bulk of the Olympic Park landscaping is expected to be up for grabs later this year — most likely in November.

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