ODA tells contractors to register for park work

Opportunities remain for contractors to help create a "model 21st-century landscape" at the Olympics site in east London, according to Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) project sponsor for parklands and public realm John Hopkins.

Speaking at a meeting of BALI's South Thames region last week, he said: "There is still time to register as a contractor. We want to bring together disparate people to design and deliver landscapes."

BALI chairman Richard Gardiner said Hopkins' talk was encouraging for members: "There is something for everyone there - even garden landscapers. I had thought it would only be for the big players, but our firm (Norris & Gardiner) will be registering this week too."

Hopkins added: "It will shift London's centre of gravity eastwards. As a park, it will be up there with the Royal Parks. It will harness the great principles of the Victorians but will have water management and sustainable energy (use) and materials."

The park will feature a wind turbine, a biomass demonstration, micro-renewables and green walls, with full access for disabled people. "We want the Olympic Park to be an exemplar that people nationally and internationally can learn from," he said, adding that several aspects are still being planned.

A 10-year management and maintenance programme is in preparation. It will include community engagement as well as environmental management.

- See www.competefor.com

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