Olympic Park contracting to start

Open day planned for landscapers keen to work on Olympic Park construction.

The much-anticipated contracting process for landscaping London’s Olympic Park is now under way. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is holding a landscaping industry day to kick-start the tendering procedure. Contractors who are interested in helping construct the 125ha park and surrounding area in east London’s Lower Lee Valley are invited to attend the open day in March. Industry campaign Greening the Games chairman Mark Glover welcomed the news but warned that despite the ODA’s aims to start building this summer, it could take months for contracts to be issued. He said: “We cannot rest. This is not the end — this is just the beginning of the second phase.” News of the open day — for which an exact date has yet to be confirmed — coincides with the ODA’s submission last week of one of the largest and most complex planning applications ever. The ODA has applied for permission to start early works on the Olympic Park — billed as the “biggest London park to be built in 150 years”. ODA chief executive David Higgins said: “The planning applications represent a significant moment in delivering our vision for the Olympic Park and creating a benchmark 21st-century environment.” Planning permission is expected to be granted this summer. Higgins said detailed tender documents are being prepared now, so construction of the landscaping can start as early as possible. * To register for the landscaping industry day, email landscape industryday@london2012.com.

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