I helped construct the Olympic Site, tell the story of the Greatest Show on earth, and am on site for the Legacy build until 2014.

This is my View of what's going on. These Views are mine and not of my employer or the LLDC/ODA/LOCOG

I was one of the Official BT’s Storytellers for London 2012 .

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Some ArcelorMittal Orbit shots from today.



Since the first phase of opening to the public a month ago, over one hundred thousand people have visited the north part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and enjoyed the beautiful parklands, Tumbling Bay playground and Timber Lodge community centre, which has held a variety of events ranging from poetry reading to zumba classes since opening on 27 July.

Key highlights have included the Tumbling Bay playground that has been a big hit with children and the Unity Kitchen Cafe which is building a strong morning coffee following at Timber Lodge. People are also starting to discover their own favourite spots on the Park to relax and take in the stunning views of the Stadium, ArcelorMittal Orbit, Velodrome and other iconic 2012 venues.

The Copper Box Arena – the first 2012 venue to reopen to the public - has had more than 26,500 visitors through its door since it opened on 27 July. It has hosted two packed out basketball matches and thousands of visitors have tried their hand at sports ranging from badminton and wheelchair basketball to indoor canoeing as well as take a look at the gym and other community facilities available.

With an exciting and varied line up of events over the next few months – including street theatre, National Paralympic Day, boxing title bouts and the first league match of the arena’s resident basketball team the London Lions – crowds look set to continue to flock to the Park and Copper Box Arena ahead of the Park’s full opening in spring 2014.

Almost 700,000 people have now attended Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s debut summer series of events with thousands more set to enjoy National Paralympic Day on 7 September – a free celebration of disability sports and arts taking place in the north of the Park. This will be a fitting finale to a fantastic summer of events that has seen global stars like Justin Timberlake and Bruce Springsteen as well as children’s favourites like Peppa Pig and Rastamouse perform in the Park and the return of 2012 heroes like Laura Trott, Mo Farah, Richard Whitehead and Usain Bolt.

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

“With wheelchair basketball at the Copper Box Arena, zumba classes at Timber Lodge, poetry reading in Tumbling Bay and beautiful and peaceful parklands Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park really does has something for everyone. It is fantastic that so many people have visited the Park in its first month of opening and seen for themselves what it has to offer. With Paralympians like Aled Davies, disability art, street theatre and top sporting action coming up this looks set to continue over the coming months. We are on track to deliver an amazing destination and these activities are just a taster of what’s to come when the Park opens fully in the spring.”

Tony Wallace, Head of Olympic Venues at GLL, said:

“The launch of the Copper Box Arena has exceeded our expectations in every way. To be able to host international sporting events in our opening few weeks has been phenomenal and our calendar is now filling up. But the Copper Box Arena is also a community leisure centre and it has been equally rewarding to see the enjoyment that local people of all ages have had when using our gym, exercise classes and sports courts. The feedback we have received has been fantastic as more and more Londoners see for themselves the top class facilities that are available to them.”

Denise Largin, Chief Executive of the Camden Society which runs Unity Kitchen cafe at Timber Lodge, said:

“Two exciting young bands, The AutistiX from North London and Motxila 21 from Pamplona in Spain’s Basque Country, will be helping us see out the summer at 7.30pm on 31 August. Come along and get a drink and a hot dog for your £5 entry. We also have weekly yoga and zumba classes, among a range of community events lined up for the autumn. Pay us a visit. You can also pick up some fabulous food for all ages, including healthy breakfasts, chilled sandwiches and salads, hot lunches and sweet treats, as well as snacks and drinks.”

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Lee Valley White Water Centre - Legacy Mode - July 2013

So after finishing work at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park I had a drive to the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Centre to take some pictures. A mate of mine who worked with me during the Construction phase, Gareth Kelly is a keen Kayaker and all things water was having some fun, along with others using the facilities..

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Upcoming events & exhibitions marking the 1st Anniversary of the Games

A few exhibitions and events in the next weeks/months marking the first anniversary of the games:

Drawing The Games exhibition

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013 (All day) to Wednesday, 31 July, 2013 (All day)

Renowned artist and illustrator Nicholas Garland OBE captures the colour and spirit of the Games in this series of evocative images, which provide a unique pictorial record for future generations.

City Hall
Tube/BR London Bridge: 10 minute walk, Tower Hill: 15 minute walk.
Greater London Authority
The Queen's Walk

2012 Team GB Glory Moments exhibition

Wednesday, 10 July, 2013 - 09:00 to Friday, 26 July, 2013 - 17:30

The Mayor’s Fund for London, in association with Team GB, brings you the first public exhibition of a unique collection of photographs showing the moment each British medal was won at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

City Hall
Tube/BR London Bridge: 10 minute walk, Tower Hill: 15 minute walk.
Greater London Authority
The Queen's Walk


Opening the Olympics

Open until 31 October 2013

Hear personal accounts from those who attended and were involved in the Games, and see a selection of objects and costumes from London 2012, many on view for the first time since the close of the summer spectacular.

Recognisable items on display include Tom Daley’s 28” Union Jack swimming trunks, the yellow jersey which Bradley Wiggins wore in the opening ceremony, and an Olympic torch from the official relay.

You can also step back in time to the Opening and Closing ceremonies which are recorded with a display of costumes and accessories from Mary Poppins outfit to the dramatic punk heads from the Paralympic Opening ceremony.

In addition a display of protest material captures a full picture of London 2012, remembering the ‘unofficial’ Olympic stories.


Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN

What The Games Makers Did Next

A Postcard to the World

I have been interviewed for this :)


The National Lottery Anniversary Run

The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

21st July 2013


Sainsbury's Anniversary Games

The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

26th, 27th & 28th July 2013


Open East Festival

27 - 28 July 2013 / 13:30

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park open to the public

29th July 14:00

(With thanks to Martijn Giebels off the GamesBids Forums for compiling the info.)

Summer Instagraming the Park

Monday, 8 July 2013

The South of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park In the Sun

Whilst waiting for my permanent Pass onto the site I've been able to wander the edges and take pictures during this spell of hot weather London is having.