Olympic Park enabling works

Facts and figures for the 2012 Olympic Park enabling works

The following are facts and figures for the enabling works for the Olympic Park in London. 


Olympic park wetland
  • Nearly 1.4 million square metres of site cleared
  • More than 220 buildings demolished - with 98% of the materials by weight reclaimed for reuse in the creation of the Olympic Park
  • 8 steel framed buildings were reclaimed for reuse by businesses
  • Over 800,000 cubic metres of soil weighing nearly 2 million tonnes was cleaned of contaminants including oil, petrol, tar, cyanide, arsenic and lead - up to five machines on-site washed the soil
  • 70,000 tonnes of industrial and domestic waste removed from former landfill site under the Velodrome and Village - with material sorted at a rate of 500 tonnes a day for reuse and recycling
  • Over 20 million gallons of contaminated groundwater was treated using innovative techniques
  • Over 5 km of riverbanks replaced or refurbished
  • 30,000 tonnes of silt, gravel and other materials dredged from the rivers. Much of this material was cleaned and the gravel was reused on the Olympic Park
  • 140 archaeology trenches were dug, uncovering the pre-historic, Roman and Victorian history of the Olympic Park
  • Enabling works project was awarded the Institute of Civil Engineers award for greatest contribution to London (2010), Regeneration and Renewal award (2009), and Brownfield Briefing Innovation award (2008)
Construction of cable net roofing in the Velodrome
Aquatics centre