The Prime Minister hosted the first Cabinet meeting of the year at the Multi-Use Arena and praised the Legacy Company’s work in securing the future of the Park’s venues, during a visit to the Olympic Park to mark 200 days to go until the London 2012 Games.

Prime minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson also joined our Chair Baroness Ford and Chief Executive Andrew Altman in announcing that six out of eight permanent Olympic venues have had their future secured after we appointed operators for the Aquatics Centre, Multi-Use Arena, ArcelorMittal Orbit and the contract for the Estates Facility Management of the Park after the Games.

Employment, training and sporting opportunities for Londoners are at the heart of the contracts, along with ensuring that the venues are both affordable and accessible, and fit into the wider offer of the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) will operate the Aquatics Centre and the Multi-Use Arena, and Balfour Beatty WorkPlace will run the ArcelorMittal Orbit and manage the maintenance of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The contracts include:

  • 254 full time jobs
  • 410 apprenticeships over the lifetime of the contracts
  • That on average, 75% of jobs from the two contracts will go to local people in the Host Boroughs
  • A strong focus on small and medium sized enterprises benefitting from supply chain opportunities
  • The price of swimming at the Aquatics Centre or hiring a court at the Arena will be the same as the average local pool or sports centre.

With the appointments of anchor tenants and events for the Stadium and the Press Centre and Broadcast Centre this summer, London is on course to secure the future use of every permanent venue before the Games have even started – a first for any Olympic City.

Baroness Margaret Ford, Chair of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said:

“GLL and Balfour Beatty WorkPlace will play a key part in creating a Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park that is a thriving visitor destination with world-class sporting venues that are both affordable and accessible to the public.

“The combination of Balfour Beatty WorkPlace’s commitment to jobs and apprenticeships, and GLL’s innovative proposals for sports programming will create a host of economic and sporting opportunities.

“Today’s appointments are just another example of how London’s legacy plans are further ahead than any previous host Olympic City. By working closely with sporting bodies and our local communities now, we can ensure that these venues will have a full and compelling programme of activities for when they reopen after the Games.”

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, said:

“As we kick off 2012, the year of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee, this is the perfect time for the Cabinet to come together and ensure we are doing absolutely everything we can to make the most of this unique opportunity to showcase all the great things the UK has to offer to the rest of the world.

“As Ministers visit Olympic venues, businesses, schools and organisations associated with 2012 right across the UK, I want the message to go out loud and clear, from tourism to business, sport to investment, we are determined to maximise the benefits of 2012 for the whole country.

“Today, as we mark 200 days to go, and six out of the eight Olympic venues having already secured their future, we are well on track to delivering a lasting legacy for the whole of Britain.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“This is a ringing endorsement of our 2012 legacy and regeneration plans for east London and an amazing achievement by the Legacy Company. To find operators to take over these world-class facilities so far ahead of the Games and to secure their commitment to spread jobs and opportunities throughout the local communities is the icing on the 2012 cake.

“We can now start the run in to a fantastic year of celebration with huge pride and optimism that London will stage a great Games, delivering lasting sustainable benefits long after the athletes have departed.”