Working in partnership in the run-up to the Games
Here's a snapshot of how we worked with local and national partners to get ready for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- Thames Water – We advised Thames Water and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) on their plans to get a blackwater treatment plant up and working in time for the Games. This helped the ODA to supply non-drinkable water to be used for irrigation across the Olympic Park, and made the Games more sustainable.
- Canal and River Trust (formally British Waterways) – We have funded two weedboats which the Canal and River Trust used to clear weeds and litter from the waterways in the Olympic Park. We also worked with British Waterways to help regenerate the waterways going through the park.
- Natural Weymouth and Portland Sustainability Partnership – We are part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Sustainability Partnership, inspiring people to enjoy and value the beautiful local environment. We focused on creating a natural environment legacy within Weymouth and Portland and the surrounding areas which creates and enhances biodiversity. We want to increase people's enjoyment of the outstanding land and marine environment. The partnership produced two films:
- Marine Environment - It's a fantastic environment, make sure you leave nothing but your footprints on the sand
- Jurassic Coast - Weymouth and Portland sit on a World Heritage Site so that means it’s globally important
- London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) – We supported LOCOG with the final overlaying of the Olympic Park and other venues. We advised LOCOG and design consultants on constructing floating platforms on the River Lee in the Olympic Park. Sponsors used these platforms during the Games to promote their services. We examined the platforms to assess how they could affect flood risk, fish populations and changes to the river bed.
- The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) – We worked with the ODA and other partners since before London was awarded the Games in 2005. This long-standing relationship helped to ensure the Olympic Park area left a 'green legacy' for generations to come. The work on the Olympic Park also reduced flood risk for communities in Canning Town and West Ham.
Our partnership work with the ODA is featured on a website which shares knowledge and lessons learned during construction of the Olympic Park:
- Learning Legacy