Today, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan ordered an enquiry into the escalating costs of the former Olympic stadium site. The original Olympic stadium is now home of West Ham United football club. However the escalating costs have raised more than a few eye brows.
In 2015, former mayor Boris Johnson said the change from an Olympics arena to a football stadium would cost £272m, a figure which has now risen to £323m.
Costs have gone up attributable problems with the retractable seating (installing and operating) not helped by the contractor going out of business.
One stadium expert went as far as saying that the stadium should be knocked down and rebuilt
Sadly, the memory of the great Olympic Games of 2012 has been tarnished by yet another project costing the public more money:
- extra costs for rebuilding (on an already high budget for getting the stadium ready for soccer)
- additional costs for the seating problem
- extra running costs – see Taxpayers to meet Olympic Stadium running costs
In a recent article by the BBC it asks: “why was it not designed for dual-use from the very beginning? A key question which no one seems to want to answer
This is hardly the legacy Londoners wanted and not one the administrators accountable (who?) want to be associated with.
Project management asks a lot of questions including who is accountable. Now I cannot answer the question of accountability maybe the mayor of London’s enquiry will do so!
Today, 3 November, The chairman of Olympic Stadium operators the London Legacy Development Corporation, Dave Edmonds has resigned. The row over the escalating cost of converting the venue into a football ground has claimed its firsst vitim. You can read the detail here.
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