Anyone who has ever watched long or middle distance runners in action will understand the value of their having a good sprint finish, but in respect of the London Olympics it is currently the race to complete the various venues which is occupying the organizer’s minds; and Plastic Surgeon believes its Finishers – all specially trained in repairing a wide variety of building substrates – are ideally placed to assist.
And the short time left to complete all the work has been highlighted by the handover of the building shells to LOCOG – the London Organizing Committee for the Olympics and Paralympic Games – leaving the various contractors and fit-out contractors less than 200 days to have everything ready.
LOCOG has been closely involved so far with the Olympic Delivery Authority, which has been responsible for the planning and construction of venues and infrastructure; but now it has to complete everything in time for the official opening on the 27th of July.
A LOCOG spokesman said: “There’s still a lot of work to be done inside the buildings, everything from putting up curtains in meeting rooms to installing main timing boards and event equipment. The International Broadcast Centre still has to be fitted out for the media.”
In addition to the many new structures at the Olympic Park in Stratford – including the main athletics stadium and Zara Hadid’s over complicated Aquatic Centre – the Games will also make use of many other existing venues, including Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena, Wimbledon All England Club, Lord’s Cricket Ground, The O2 Arena, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, plus the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands.
Everyone from Lord Coe to the PM and local politicians will want the different arenas and other public buildings hosting events to look their very best, and as a cosmetic repair specialist, Plastic Surgeon possesses the skills and resources to help the contractors and sub-contractors finish the work.
This might require the Finishers to undertake any sort of task from retouching plaster and paintwork to mending dents in cladding panels, repairing damaged kitchen or bathroom fittings around the Athlete’s Village or making good marks marring the banked wooden flooring of the Velodrome.
Last week, the Olympic Park Legacy Committee appointed Balfour Beatty WorkPlace to run the ArcelorMittal Orbit attraction, and Greenwich Leisure to operate the Aquatics Centre and Multi-Use Arena on the east London site.
The appointments mean that all permanent Olympic venues have had their future secured after the games, except for the Main Stadium and Broadcast Centre.
The Athletes Village has been sold by the Olympic Delivery Authority. Ownership is now 50 per cent by Qatari Diar and Delancey for private housing and 50 per cent by Triatholon Homes for affordable housing.
Inevitably, however, when the thousands of athletes and millions of spectators have moved on, there will be a large amount of wear and tear to be put right before the new owners and occupants can move in, so there could well be a second round of damage for Plastic Surgeon to address.
Plastic Surgeon can restore almost any damaged interior or exterior surface in commercial or residential buildings. Thanks to specialist training the company’s finishers are expert in repairing and fine finishing practically any material including;