Sector Leisure and hospitality
Project type New build
Services provided Site survey
Planning advice
Design
Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Project management
Installation
Year completed 2012
Project location London
Contract value (£) 3.1m
Client ODA
Consultant Applied Landscape Design, Arup
Contractor Lend Lease, PJ Careys, The Landscape Group
Products used Products from 51 separate product ranges supplied
 
 

Challenge

The Athletes Village is one of the most significant new urban developments in the UK. The purpose-built development consists of 12 individually designed apartment blocks and several hectares of public realm. The area housed 23,000 athletes and officials for the duration of the Games, and now during the legacy phase, is being transformed into a brand new London district, including 2,818 new homes.

The main area of open space in the Athletes Village creates a ‘green lung’ running through the development. The award winning space includes 10 hectares of new parks, including 35,000m2 of paving, and will remain largely unchanged during the legacy phase.

Lend Lease’s Richard Watler was the Senior Project Manager for Infrastructure at the Athletes Village, and is now working on the legacy phase of the development.

Richard said of the Athletes Village public realm: “I’ve worked on a number of large-scale projects worth several hundred million pounds, so I wasn’t daunted by the size of the project, however I could see from an early stage that there were going to be a number of challenges in delivery.

“The design of the public realm space, although beautiful, was difficult and complex, particularly because of the specification for the hard landscaping elements. The British Standard for natural stone tolerance is +/– 3mm, however in this case it was specified as +/– 1mm, a challenging requirement for any supplier to meet, and for us to deliver.

“As well as the quality of goods required, the quantity of raw materials needed was substantial; the design of the Athletes Village public realm included 12,000m2 of Cromwell natural stone, 19,000m2 of Conservation paving, 7,000 metres of kerb, and over 500 metres of linear drainage, therefore we needed a supplier who could deliver large quantities of materials within tight time periods, and who could also offer a wide palette of products.

Solution

Steve Attfield, Key Contract Manager at Marshalls, said: “As soon as it was announced that London had won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics we knew that this was a construction project that we wanted to be involved in.

“Early engagement and client focus enabled us to enter into a Framework Agreement with Lend Lease and the ODA.

“The final spend was close to double the value of the original Framework Agreement. This was achieved as we were able to offer a wider range of products than was originally agreed, including specialist granite items, as well as a wide range of products across the apartment block podium gardens including street furniture. In fact, there are products from a total of 51 separate Marshalls ranges featured across the site.

“In order to effectively manage orders, deliveries, and quality control, as well as overseeing installation on a project of this size, we located two project managers on site at the Athletes Village for the duration of the construction phase and up to completion.

“Supplying the quantity and range of products, including the natural stone, was not a problem for us as we have the capability to deliver the required consistency, colour and quantity for very large projects, however there were challenges working to the lowered natural stone tolerance. We overcame this issue by working closely with the client, ensuring that what we delivered met the required standard.

“Deliveries to the Athletes Village were subject to complex security checks, with all drivers and vehicles needing to be logged and approved 48 hours in advance of their arrival, and only a limited number of delivery slots were available per day. By having a project manager on site, we were able to ensure that all 576 deliveries to the Athletes Village were able to access the site with few issues.”

Outcome

Lend Lease’s Richard Watler: “Having a Framework Agreement in place with Marshalls brought us a range of benefits. Transportation costs were significantly reduced because lorries could be filled rather than receiving half loads from a number of suppliers. We also had the flexibility to receive mixed product loads.

“Sourcing a range of products from Marshalls also meant a greater consistency of finish, and this can only be achieved by working with a supplier who has a wide palette of products, the result is a fantastic flow in the hard landscaped areas.

“Having Marshalls Project Managers on site made the process a lot easier as they were based with our team which allowed for open communication. They were able to find answers to issues quickly, and could manage orders and the delivery of enormous quantities of raw materials efficiently and effectively, and were present to assist with or comment on any installation or product issues.

“With the size, scale and complexity of quantity and tolerances, the supply of products wasn’t without issue, but a collaborative approach meant that the project was still delivered on time and to a high standard. In particular the consistency, colour and quality of the natural stone supplied is superb.”

Richard concluded: “I’m delighted with the finished result, it looks incredible and the feedback we’ve received, some from very high profile individuals, has been nothing but positive. ”


Challenge

The Athletes Village is one of the most significant new urban developments in the UK. The purpose-built development consists of 12 individually designed apartment blocks and several hectares of public realm. The area housed 23,000 athletes and officials for the duration of the Games, and now during the legacy phase, is being transformed into a brand new London district, including 2,818 new homes.

The main area of open space in the Athletes Village creates a ‘green lung’ running through the development. The award winning space includes 10 hectares of new parks, including 35,000m2 of paving, and will remain largely unchanged during the legacy phase.

Lend Lease’s Richard Watler was the Senior Project Manager for Infrastructure at the Athletes Village, and is now working on the legacy phase of the development.

Richard said of the Athletes Village public realm: “I’ve worked on a number of large-scale projects worth several hundred million pounds, so I wasn’t daunted by the size of the project, however I could see from an early stage that there were going to be a number of challenges in delivery.

“The design of the public realm space, although beautiful, was difficult and complex, particularly because of the specification for the hard landscaping elements. The British Standard for natural stone tolerance is +/– 3mm, however in this case it was specified as +/– 1mm, a challenging requirement for any supplier to meet, and for us to deliver.

“As well as the quality of goods required, the quantity of raw materials needed was substantial; the design of the Athletes Village public realm included 12,000m2 of Cromwell natural stone, 19,000m2 of Conservation paving, 7,000 metres of kerb, and over 500 metres of linear drainage, therefore we needed a supplier who could deliver large quantities of materials within tight time periods, and who could also offer a wide palette of products.

Solution

Steve Attfield, Key Contract Manager at Marshalls, said: “As soon as it was announced that London had won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics we knew that this was a construction project that we wanted to be involved in.

“Early engagement and client focus enabled us to enter into a Framework Agreement with Lend Lease and the ODA.

“The final spend was close to double the value of the original Framework Agreement. This was achieved as we were able to offer a wider range of products than was originally agreed, including specialist granite items, as well as a wide range of products across the apartment block podium gardens including street furniture. In fact, there are products from a total of 51 separate Marshalls ranges featured across the site.

“In order to effectively manage orders, deliveries, and quality control, as well as overseeing installation on a project of this size, we located two project managers on site at the Athletes Village for the duration of the construction phase and up to completion.

“Supplying the quantity and range of products, including the natural stone, was not a problem for us as we have the capability to deliver the required consistency, colour and quantity for very large projects, however there were challenges working to the lowered natural stone tolerance. We overcame this issue by working closely with the client, ensuring that what we delivered met the required standard.

“Deliveries to the Athletes Village were subject to complex security checks, with all drivers and vehicles needing to be logged and approved 48 hours in advance of their arrival, and only a limited number of delivery slots were available per day. By having a project manager on site, we were able to ensure that all 576 deliveries to the Athletes Village were able to access the site with few issues.”

Outcome

Lend Lease’s Richard Watler: “Having a Framework Agreement in place with Marshalls brought us a range of benefits. Transportation costs were significantly reduced because lorries could be filled rather than receiving half loads from a number of suppliers. We also had the flexibility to receive mixed product loads.

“Sourcing a range of products from Marshalls also meant a greater consistency of finish, and this can only be achieved by working with a supplier who has a wide palette of products, the result is a fantastic flow in the hard landscaped areas.

“Having Marshalls Project Managers on site made the process a lot easier as they were based with our team which allowed for open communication. They were able to find answers to issues quickly, and could manage orders and the delivery of enormous quantities of raw materials efficiently and effectively, and were present to assist with or comment on any installation or product issues.

“With the size, scale and complexity of quantity and tolerances, the supply of products wasn’t without issue, but a collaborative approach meant that the project was still delivered on time and to a high standard. In particular the consistency, colour and quality of the natural stone supplied is superb.”

Richard concluded: “I’m delighted with the finished result, it looks incredible and the feedback we’ve received, some from very high profile individuals, has been nothing but positive. ”


 
 
 
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