Olympic plant budget ‘intact’

"No talk" of Olympic landscaping budget being reduced.

The Olympic Delivery Authority’s new head of landscape has insisted plant budgets are intact as he fine-tunes the contracting process for an industry meeting this week. John Hopkins, project sponsor for the Olympic parklands and public realm, said the budget was “set and significant” but commercially confidential at this stage. “I will be responsible for the budget and will prepare our designs in accordance with that amount,” said the landscape architect on the eve of the “industry day” this week. “There’s a significant investment and there is no talk of it being reduced.” Hopkins and his team, including EDAW, are meeting with plantsmen and landscapers to talk over the contracting process. Contract notices go out later this year, he said. Work will include a 100ha Olympic Park. One main contractor will handle the northern half of the site while one tackles the south. Each will subcontract specialist firms. Hopkins said he was unfazed by the challenge and did not expect a Wembley-type fiasco.

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