A gathering of members enjoyed a most enjoyable and informative visit.
This was arranged by our secretary Gordon Higginson in liaison with Roger Arnold of the Olympic Delivery Authority. Roger, who has now spoken at two of our meetings, presenting a comprehensive insight of this project, hosted our visit.
Some background facts and figures:
This project has a budget of £8 billion. The final cost will be £7.3 billion, savings as a result of the economic situation and keener market prices.
The athlete’s village is nearing completion with accommodation for all on site. In legacy these buildings will become a mixture of private and social housing. An adjacent school is already under construction to provide children’s education.
The site occupies 500 acres, the size of Hyde Park.
Power will be provided from a new on site power station, fired with the options of oil, gas or wood chips barged in from the River Lea.
Security is already very high. Visitors must provide appropriate identification and also be on a prepared attendance list. Tony Doyle MBE was not on this list and refused entry! We were not permitted to leave the coach throughout the tour.
Unexpectedly, adjacent to the velodrome, Ron Webb came out to greet us. Ron boarded the coach and presented each of us with a signed souvenir 40mm² x 180mm length of track board. We then had a fascinating impromptu question and answer session with Ron.