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The best laid plans

The London 2012 Olympic Games were one of the most successful Games in history, leaving a lasting legacy for generations. Our story began in 2003 when we began working on the candidate city bid and helped prove that London could host the Games. The rest is history, our subsequent approach set benchmarks for how large programmes could, and should, be delivered. 

Along with CH2M Hill and Laing O'Rourke, we created the CLM Delivery Partner consortium in 2006, a partnership unique to the industry involving management of the overall programme and procured using a competitive dialogue process - a first for a project of this size and complexity.

“Last year’s London Games were, without doubt, the greatest ever and much of that is thanks to the ODA and TfL for delivering them successfully on time and under budget and I commend them”

Boris Johnson
Mayor of London

A delivery partnership

Our first goal was to establish processes and systems, review the scope, establish budgets and identify interfaces between the ODA and LOCOG. We designed and procured over £5 billion of work while achieving sustainability, design and training targets which set the programme apart and established new benchmarks to follow.

The five venues represented £1.6 billion of construction and with more temporary venues than any other Olympic Games, required specialised companies to cut down costs, complexity and management. With the ODA we delivered strategies that realised more than £1 billion of savings on the programme.  


“Mace was a key player in the master plan consortium that helped in the early preparation that underpinned London's successful bid to host the 2012 Games. Initially the Mace team worked for the London Development Agency advising on all aspects of programming, delivery and construction and the reports were an important part of the submission to demonstrate to a range of stakeholders on the delivery of the project”

Alison Nimmo

The pride of a nation

As one of the biggest construction projects ever delivered we are proud to have achieved a safety record ten times better than industry average and for it to have been named as ‘the most sustainable’ Olympics in history.  

This is not the end of the story, with responsibility for the £485 million transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park we are proud to be one of the few organisations to have worked on the Games from concept to completion.

“There was a lot of scepticism when we won the bid as to whether the UK construction industry was up to the challenge. Their performance on the Olympic Park is demonstrating that they are world leaders”

David Higgins

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