Author: Harvey McEwan
The creation and implementation of a successful Olympic games goes far beyond the stadium stands and swimming pool walls, it branches out from the athlete's village and in to the surrounding communities. The success of such an event lies as firmly on its impact on the outer environment as it does on the games themselves.
In order to kick-start and maintain such a glorious event, a myriad of operational implications must be considered at great length, and addressed in meticulous detail. From the construction of civil amenities and public transport solutions, to concerns of power production and sustainability, the list of factors to be taken into account is extensive.
For the London games in 2012, construction has began on a variety of arenas, bridges and other essential facilities. The creation of an efficient infrastructure is one of the most important factors in the success of the 2012 Olympics, and will play a significant role in determining the legacy of these games in the aftermath of the event.
In preparation for the London Olympics, great emphasis has been placed on the importance of an effective, coherent energy and power strategy. Organisers have constructed (or are in the process of constructing) a Pumping Station, Primary Substation, and Energy Centre, all with the purpose of supplying essential utilities for the event.
The Completion of the Primary Substation in October 2009 means that building work from thereon-in would not rely so heavily on the usage of temporary generator rental. However, it is known that such temporary power supplies will be used for 39 venues in 7 locations for the duration of the games, from London to Glasgow.
Temporary power will play a crucial part in a variety of energy requirements as demanded by field-of-play lighting, camera equipment, and the International Broadcasting Centre. The latter is a crucial component for the delivery of the Olympics experience to millions of viewers across the globe.
In total, it is believed that the games will be the greenest event in Olympic history. Through sustainable design methods and the use of environmentally friendly biomass technologies, London 2012 promises not only to help preserve the environment during the event, but also aims to deliver a lasting legacy in the form of on of the largest urban parks created in Europe in the past 150 years.