Search

Transformation of Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park begins

PUBLISHED: 11:25 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:11 14 August 2013

Kim Bromley-Derry, chief executive of Newham Council,  left, with Dennis Hone,  the chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Kim Bromley-Derry, chief executive of Newham Council, left, with Dennis Hone, the chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Archant

Work to transform the Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a multi-use venue that delivers on legacy has begun.

London Legacy Development Corporation has begun work to remove 25,000 seats and the grass field in the iconic Stadium.

The roof will be taken down in the autumn and a new one put up by spring 2015. It will cover every seat in the ground and improve the acoustics and spectator experience for football matches, other sporting events and concerts.

Final preparations for the Rugby World Cup will also take place in 2015 and will include installing concessions, toilets, turnstiles, hospitality areas and laying the pitch for the five World Cup matches that will take place at the Stadium between September and October 2015.

Following the Rugby World Cup, final work will be carried out to prepare the Stadium for its long term tenants West Ham United FC and UK Athletics.

Kim Bromley-Derry, Chief Executive of Newham Council, said: “No previous Olympic Stadium has ever done this - or proved its legacy credentials so quickly. This exciting transformation will generate jobs for our local community at each stage of the project. Residents will be able to develop their skills while creating a brilliant asset for their area. The fact that everyone in Newham will be able to use the new Stadium will bring to reality the commitment we made in the original bid to host the Olympic Games to create a lasting legacy.”

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “These works will ensure the Stadium will be a flexible venue used throughout the year, delivering a truly lasting legacy in east London. From the lighting of the cauldron to 2012 stars like Mo Farah, Hannah Cockcroft and Usain Bolt storming to victory, this iconic Stadium holds some special memories. Today paves the way for the Stadium’s next chapter and I am sure it will host many more inspirational moments over the decades to come”

The work is being undertaken on behalf of E20 Stadium, a joint venture between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council to set up and manage the Stadium.

0 comments

Latest Newham News Stories

Yesterday, 18:10

A man has been ordered to pay nearly £9,000 for fly-tipping in Newham.

Thames Magistrates' Court
Yesterday, 17:48

A 47-year-old woman has been arrested in east London on suspicion of terrorism, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

London police
Yesterday, 11:29

Aircraft of a rather different kind are set to depart from London City Airport when it hosts the annual Lord Mayor’s hot air balloon regatta.

France
Yesterday, 09:21

Two families were forced to make a dramatic escape after a fire blocked their front door.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now