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2012 Olympics

One of the highlights of the sporting and cultural calendar of 2012 was the Olympics in London. Not only was the event a success for Team GB but also for the construction industry too.


The London 2012 National Skills Academy for Construction portfolio of projects consisted of the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome, infrastructure, Media Centre, Aquatics Centre, specialist works and the Athletes’ Village.

The Olympic Park was worth an estimated £9.3 billion of investment and employed around 10,000 people at peak.

The 28,000 seat Olympic Stadium has a distinctive appearance due to its cocoon shape, retractable seating and folding roof. Associated works included landscaping, sewer systems, enabling, infrastructure and access.

The Media Centre provided a home for the broadcasting media, with the complex the heart of the Olympic Radio and Television operations An office building accommodating a mixture of administrative, logistics, catering and dining facilities was also built alongside it.

The Aquatics Centre featured a 50m Olympic standard competition pool, a 50m warm up pool and a diving pool.

The Velodrome has a capacity of up to 6,000 seats and hosts indoor cycling events. The project also included enabling works, infrastructure, landscaping, access and sewer systems.


  • 33,500 additional jobs were created

  • All workers were certified and over 450 people qualified through courses in various construction trades
  • Bespoke Olympic leadership qualifications were developed
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