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East Village, London E20

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2014 MCS runners upEast Village, London E20
Presented to: The East Village Team
Contractor: Lend Lease
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority

This major London project centres on the alteration and refitting of the Olympic Athletes’ Village in combination with other contractors. Works comprise the removal of temporary division walls, modification to the utility housing, the installation new floor finishes, kitchen fit-outs and complete redecoration.

In his report on this site, the Scheme Monitor noted "an extraordinary level of commitment to best practice". This was particularly evident in the area of operative health and welfare, where all 2000 plus workers received first-class support and facilities. Of particular note was the site’s innovative commitment to mental health and well-being, an area rarely addressed in the industry but of equal importance to physical health. Twenty first-aiders were further trained as mental health counsellors, able to support everything from everyday human worries to depression. In tandem with this there was a dedicated on-site nurse and advice freely available on a range of health issues.

Community support was also extensive and included the renovation of an ex-servicemen's facility, a memorial football match, poster competitions and interaction with the new Chobham Harris Academy on the site. With high scores in all considerate areas, and an immaculate public presentation throughout, this site was a beacon for all that is best in modern construction.