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Olympics News Archive - January 2008

On this page we have archived news items from January 2008. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external sites and some of the pages on these sites may have been changed or removed since we added them here.

Olympic sailing venue showcased
Weymouth and Portland - hosts of the sailing events at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - will be represented at the London Boat Show.
1st January 2008

Stratford Station upgrade approved
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today confirmed it will upgrade Stratford Regional Station, providing a better service for the 2012 Games and local residents.
3rd January 2008

Work intensifies on the Olympic Park
Around 1.5 million cubic metres of soil will be excavated and soil washing machines at two remediation plants on the Olympic Park will wash out pollutants including petrol, oil, tar and heavy metals such as arsenic and lead.
3rd January 2008

EDF Energy launches sustainability campaign
The official Energy Partner for London 2012 has launched a major advertising campaign promoting its aim to reduce its carbon intensity by 60 per cent by 2020.
4th January 2008

Construction contract awarded for Sailing venue
The contract to construct world-class Sailing facilities at Weymouth and Portland has been awarded. The venue remains on course to become one of the first sites to be ready for the 2012 Games.
7th January 2008

Electrical network contract awarded
EDF Energy, through its subsidiary Lea Valley Utilities (LVU), has been awarded the contract to design, construct, own and operate the electrical distribution network supplying power to the Olympic Park and Stratford City.
10th January 2008

'Angel' celebrates 10th birthday
The search is on to find every child in the north-east of England born on 14 February 1998 - to mark the 10th anniversary of the Angel of the North.
15th January 2008

Sailing stars buoyant for Beijing
Morrison is a European and former world champion, and a hot tip to win Olympic gold for Britain in Beijing this summer. The 29-year-old and his crew Ben Rhodes, 26, are more focused on becoming Olympic sailing champions in August.
15th January 2008

Aldershot to host Team GB for 2012 preparation
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced that Aldershot will be used as Team GB's Preparation Camp in the run up to the 2012 Games.
15th January 2008

London 2012 Business Network launched at Old Trafford
A new business 'dating agency' helping companies across the UK compete for London 2012 business opportunities has launched at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium.
16th January 2008

Challenges and benefits outlined in new report
A summary detailing the scale of works needed to deliver the venues and infrastructure for the 2012 Games and the benefits to the area has been published today by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
17th January 2008

Bid promise inspires international youth sport
Gordon Brown today announced a £9 million investment programme to encourage young people in disadvantaged countries around the world to take up sport.
21st January 2008

Olympic Park powerlines project surges ahead
Two 6km tunnels have been dug underneath the Park to carry the power needed for the London 2012 Games and the communities that will live in the area afterwards. These tunnels were completed last year on time and on budget.
22nd January 2008

Olympic Park sustainability targets exceeded
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is reclaiming over 90 per cent of demolition material for recycling or reuse, exceeding the targets published a year ago in its Sustainable Development Strategy.
23rd January 2008

Teams delivering initial Olympic Park infrastructure announced
Skanska Construction Ltd, Edmond Nuttall Ltd and Balfour Beatty Group Ltd will collectively build around 8km of roads through the Olympic Park and nearly 20 road and foot bridges linking key areas of the site. The first works will start in summer 2008.
24th January 2008

Railway project signals progress
Significant progress is being made to move existing railway sidings on the Olympic Park. The vacated area in the heart of the Park will become a key logistics site for the construction of the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.
28th January 2008

Rapid progress on waterways project
Over 700 steel piles, each weighing up to 11 tonnes, have been driven 18 metres into the ground along the river adjacent to the Aquatics Centre. This process will allow the old concrete river walls to be removed.
29th January 2008

Sculpture 'will be icon of South'
A public sculpture twice as high as the Angel of the North and intended to be visible from road, rail and air, is to be built in the south of England. Five artists have been shortlisted for the £2m public art commission sited on a hilltop in north Kent.
29th January 2008

Building for 2012
Photo gallery (Team GB, Volley Ball)
30th January 2008

IPC and Atos Origin sign partnership agreement
Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) Partner for the Paralympic Games following an agreement signed with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
31st January 2008

One million safe working hours banked
One million hours of work have been achieved on the Olympic Park site without a reportable accident, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today.
31st January 2008

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