Landscape Institute backs Higgins as Olympic chief

LI president welcomes English Landscapes chief executive as ODA chief

Kathryn Moore, president of the Landscape Institute, has welcomed the appointment of English Partnerships chief executive David Higgins as new chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). The body will oversee the building of venues, facilities and infrastructure for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Moore said: “It’s fantastic that he has been appointed because things can move forward now we have the structures in place. It has been a huge operation to get it up and running. It will be a brilliant appointment because English Partnerships has done a lot to promote landscape architecture.” Higgins said: “My job is all about delivering the facilities for the world’s greatest sporting event in 2012 and ensuring a lasting legacy. The first challenge will be to set up a top-class organisation and build good relations with our stakeholders.” The ODA will be able to start work when the London Olympics Bill completes its parliamentary stages, which is expected to happen in the first half of 2006.

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