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Rendering of how the converted stadium will look

The final bill for the stadium in Queen Elizabeth Park has been confirmed by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) at £272 million. Add that to the original £430 million for the Olympic version to get £702 million, making the stadium the most expensive in Britain and in the same league as some US billion-dollar builds.

The LLDC’s strategy is still on course, with international events scheduled for the venue, a pro-active operator in place and a Premier League tenant that will bring large audiences to the site on a regular basis. It will be the only stadium in the UK to meet UEFA Category 4 classification and be a fully compliant IAAF Category 1 athletics facility. Hemmed in by the commitment to athletics, the LLDC chose to convert rather than rebuild, which was made possible by the latest roof and retractable seating technology. The cost overrun of £118m on its original estimate is put down by the LLDC to:

the huge scale of the works undertaken to transform the former Olympic venue from a temporary athletics stadium into a year-round multi-use arena capable of delivering world class sporting and cultural events.

LLDC predicts:

The Stadium will help deliver millions of additional visitors to the area every year and will be part of a regeneration programme that will create an additional economic benefit to east London of well over £3 billion.

The Stadium work included the removal of the original roof and light paddles and installation of a new permanent roof, the largest of its kind in the world. The 45,000sq. m cantilevered roof needed significant strengthening of the superstructure to support the 8km of cable net, 112 steel rafters, 9,900 roof panels and 14 light paddles each weighing 45 tonnes. The new roof covers every seat in the venue, improving the acoustics and spectator experience.

An innovative retractable seating system required the removal of the lower seating bowl. The 21,000 movable seats bring the fans close to the pitch for football and rugby ensuring the Stadium has a long-term legacy.  Other works included installing catering facilities, toilets and turnstiles, all of which were only temporary during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Before the Stadium re-opens permanently in 2016, the transformation works will be paused this summer to allow the venue to host the Great Newham London Run, Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, a Barbarians v Samoa rugby union fixture, five matches in the Rugby World Cup 2015, an England v New Zealand Rugby League international and the Race of Champions motorsport event.

David Goldstone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

We have invested in transforming a temporary athletics venue into a permanent world class multi use arena that has a secure and long-term sustainable future. This has required a significant amount of work and innovative engineering solutions.

Alongside the transformation work the deals signed with British Athletics and West Ham United and the appointment of a stadium operator ensures the Stadium will pay its way and not require any continuing subsidy from the taxpayer.

With a significant amount of work still to do until the Stadium opens in its permanent mode, the Legacy Corporation still holds a contingency fund, which is not included in the costs already announced. Once the transformation of the Stadium is complete it will not require continuous subsidy from the taxpayer and will see a return to the taxpayer through future profits due to the agreements in place with the operator VINCI and concessionaires West Ham United and UK Athletics. The Stadium will contribute to the ongoing and hugely successful regeneration programme already being delivered at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


Queen Elizabeth Park stadium and south park operator tender

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London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has tendered for a Stadium and South Park Operator (Services Concession Agreement). The winner will serve as operator for 10 years in a contract renewable for a further 15.

The LLDC stated that the successful operator will be expected to be actively involved in advertising and marketing the areas under management, and generating interest in the Stadium, the surrounding areas and the South Park, finding users (long, medium, or short-term) and keeping the entire area under management fully utilised and booked with events and cultural and corporate activities and also maximise revenue arising from the internal facilities of the Stadium for conferences, banqueting and other activities.

The tender’s high-level description of the LLDC and E20 requirements for the Stadium Operator Plus opportunity include the following:

  •  to provide a fully comprehensive, year-round, operation, maintenance and event management services for the Stadium and South Park area;
  •  to lead on the operational planning phases from award of the Contract through to the:

1) first opening of the Stadium (which will be during the Stadium construction/ transformation works period and in the lead up to hand-over for the 2015 events and second opening of the Stadium in 2016), and

2) handover of the South Park areas for subsequent operation by the Operator;

  •  to work in Partnership with West Ham United Football Club (WHUFC) and UK Athletics (UKA) in delivering the Contract, including the ability to coordinate and implement the Contracting Authority’s contractual obligations contained within the current and future Concession and Access Agreements, and any other contractual agreement and / or other stakeholder requirements (where applicable and obliged within the Contract);
  •  to support access for the operation of other venues on the Park (including, but not limited to, the Aquatics Centre, the ArcellorMittal Orbit, the South Park Hub Building, and the Copper Box Arena);
  •  to provide a fully functioning, year-round facility, operations and event management service for the Stadium, for and on behalf of E20;
  •  to provide a fully functioning, year-round facility, operations and event management service for the South Park areas, including also smaller events to ensure a vibrant and active Park (subject to relevant planning permissions) for and on behalf of the LLDC;
  •  to promote and exploit the opportunities for the hosting of events and attractions in the relevant Contract areas, so as to ensure the profitable and sustained enjoyment of the Stadium and South Park by their users;
  •  to work with E20 (and appointed specialist advisors) to ensure that the obligations contained within the Naming Rights Agreement (for the Stadium sites and / or the South Park areas) are adhered to and respected at all times;
  • — to work with E20 (and appointed specialist advisors) and assist in identifying, promoting and exploiting those opportunities that may arise for 2nd tier sponsorship rights on the Stadium (and to service such sponsorship agreements as required);
  •  to provide catering services for events and on major event day public catering and corporate hospitality and food services.

Contact details:

Telephone: +44 2032881800


Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: