THE LONDON Legacy Development Corporation has awarded G4S a four-year contract, worth in the region of £12 million, to provide security services for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (including all of the open spaces, parklands and venues, among them The London Stadium – the home of West Ham United Football Club).
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G4S will be operating under a framework agreement for the provision of security services at the location in East London. That agreement will be used by the London Legacy Development Corporation, LS185 and Stratford Waterfront.
G4S is set to provide security services for the entire London Legacy Development Corporation land, as part of which the business will ensure the availability of key roles including security managers, security team leaders, security officers, CCTV operators and car park operators.
Further, G4S will monitor CCTV assets and systems located in the venues, the public realm and the wider Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site via dedicated Security Control Suites.
Also as part of the agreement, G4S is going to deliver security services at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park events, with those services including access control, ticket checking, search procedures and patrolling duties.
Lyn Garner, CEO of the London Legacy Development Corporation, commented: “We are pleased to have secured a contract with G4S that includes a range of specialist security services for providing co-ordinated and comprehensive support across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The London Stadium and Stratford Waterfront.”
Chris Burr, managing director for G4S Events UK, responded: “G4S is pleased to have been awarded the security contract for the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The London Stadium, and we now very much look forward to working closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation.”
Started by the opportunity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012, the London Legacy Development Corporation is continually working to create an innovative London metropolitan centre with a global focus. The organisation is making the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – and the vibrant communities surrounding it – into an attractive and inspiring place where people come together to achieve great things.
It’s a place where local talent is celebrated and the benefits of regeneration can be shared by all. Further, it’s a location that attracts investment, improving local lives as well as driving national economic growth.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park itself covers 560 acres. That’s the equivalent of around 300 football pitches and bigger than Hyde Park. Entry to the Park is free. It was opened in two stages: the north of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 29 July 2013 and the south on 5 April 2014. To date, there have been more than 34 million visits to the parklands, venues and events.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was awarded Green Flag status in each year from 2014 to 2018 and, along with its buildings, has won – or been nominated for – upwards of 60 awards.
The London Stadium has welcomed close on seven million visitors since 2013. Having staged the opening and closing ceremonies and track and field athletics during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a transformation programme realised a multi-use, year-round venue from 2013-2016.
As stated, at present The London Stadium is the home of Premier League West Ham United FC and British Athletics. Concerts have been staged at the venue by artists including the Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Muse, Guns ’n Roses, Robbie Williams, The Foo Fighters and AC/DC.
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