Through the construction program, preserving the Olympic Legacy

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I’m here at the Charing Cross hotel, in the middle London. It’s raining, and I’m here for the Association for Project Management Learning Legacy about the Olympics. We’ll be discussing, I hope, how the Learning Legacy program was set up and how it has been monitored and tracked so future projects can learn from them. Also, a bit about the construction programme for Olympic Delivery Authority and how it all came together to get all the buildings ready in time for the Olympics.
Andrew Bragg:
Imagine this day in 1920. I’m sure many of you have good memories and will recall that this was when the 7th Games in the 7th Olympiad were in full swing in Antwerp, Belgium. There were many reasons why the games were so special. It was the first occasion that doves were released as a symbol for peace, and the first time that an Olympic flag was flown.
These games were very special because they marked a special day. It was the day APM’s longest-living member was born. As absolute luck would have it he’s here tonight.
So please, I ask you to celebrate sustainability in action by congratulating Sir Reginald Harland on his 92nd Birthday.
Colin Naish:
The application of the learning heritage. This is something I found interesting on the learning legacy website.
The ODA has been a success model that can be used to transfer the ODA’s success to UK construction projects. This is what I’m doing right now. I see myself as a test case. We are moving from a mega-programme to something that is regular. It’s billions, a PS7bn programme for construction, to something in the hundreds of millions for transformative purposes. ODA spoke of years, I speak about months. It’s an 18-month delivery program. We’re moving from ODA to ODA Light. How can I take advantage of the learning legacy? It is obvious that I was part of it so I have a lot of knowledge about it. But, in terms of demonstrating, can it really be transferred?
Karen Elson
To set the scene, let’s first ask: What is legacy? We’re on schedule, on budget, and actually have savings that we can return to the government. We are fit for purpose. As Colin has just explained, we designed for legacy and are above industry benchmarks, Holly has also explained. We were receiving a lot of interest from both the professional and industry community about what we had done differently and how it can be replicated for future projects or programmes.
We had to think about how we would collate the information into a structured, coordinated approach. As a public body, we have a responsibility to collect, collate and disseminate lessons from the games.
Andrew Bragg:
…Proved world-class excellence in project management. I’m going use the words that we heard during the presentations tonight. It has really raised the bar for industry, and highlighted UK plc.
I believe that our speakers tonight, and those who spoke at our previous four events, some of which I am happy to see back in my audience, have brought great credit to themselves, as well as to project management and to the UK’s future. I ask that you please join me in thanking you for an outstanding job.
Just got back from the learning legacy event. This was the fifth event APM has done and the last. The whole series was designed to reflect on all the lessons learned from the Olympic programme and transfer that knowledge back to the industry. That’s what I now realize – that there is no such thing as a “secret sauce” for success.