London 2012 Olympic Games

The London 2012 Olympic Park was the first project jointly certified to FSC and PEFC standards, using more than two thirds FSC certified timber. The Athlete's Village was fully FSC Project Certified.

(© ODA)© ODAThe Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) achieved a “world first” in 2012 by securing FSC and PEFC project certification for the London 2012 Olympic Park, with 100% of wood products supplied certified as “legal and sustainable”.

Auditors, Soil Association Woodmark, said the project was a world first for certification of such a huge and complex site. FSC certified material made up 67% of the 12,500m³ timber products procured, while PEFC accounted for 33%.

“It is an outstanding outcome that really shows what can be achieved and it’s a strong platform for the industry to build on,” said Peter Bonfield, leader of construction products at the ODA.

(© FSC UK)© FSC UKSustainability was embedded into the ODA’s construction project from the very beginning as one of its six priority themes. The ODA successfully used FSC systems to achieve FSC Project Certification for the Olympic Park and Athletes' Village. Village developers used the certification process to ensure that they achieved the desired Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM assessments, providing evidence that the timber comes from legally compliant, responsibly-managed forests.

(© ODA)© ODAODA Principal Sustainability Manager Holly Knight said: “We started working with the FSC early in the design process to ensure we had the right systems in place to deliver homes and venues on the Olympic Park that are truly sustainable. On such a complicated site it took lots of dedicated people to make sure we received certification for 100% legal and sustainable timber. FSC’s contribution forms a major part of this achievement.”

FSC Director General Andre de Freitas sees natural synergies between the Olympics and FSC, “FSC certified forest operations are environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial. It’s fitting that an event which is committed to excellence like the Olympics choose FSC, which sets a high bar for forest management towards a legacy of stewardship.”

(© ODA)© ODACharles Thwaites, Executive Director of FSC UK added: “FSC UK is delighted that the Olympic Park has achieved FSC Project Certification for such an extensive and complex site. A project of this scale proves that developers, given the sort of commitment seen here, can always find sufficient certified timber for their needs.”

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The Olympic Park is certified under FSC project certificate SA-PRO-003095. The Athletes’ Village is certified under FSC project certificate TT-PRO-002826.

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(© FSC UK)© FSC UKApproximately 2.5 million Olympic and Paramlympic Games programmes were printed in the UK on FSC certified paper.

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The iconic Velodrome, the first Olympic Park venue to be completed, has a striking outer cladding which uses 5,000 square metres of western red cedar timber. The track is made from 56km of FSC certified Siberian pine, and was fixed in place using more than 300,000 nails.

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The Aquatics Centre’s design featured in London's bid to host the 2012 Olympicand Paralympic Games, with an iconic wave-like roof, made from 198m3 of FSC certified Red Louro, defining the gateway to the Park for the majority of visitors. Temporary seating structures provided a 17,500-seat Games-time capacityfor the venue. After the Games these were replaced by a 14-metre-highcantilevered glazed curtain wall.

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The Olympic Park was built on a compact island site surrounded by water on three sides. Five bridges were created to provide essential new links in Games time and legacy. 456m3 of FSC 100% and FSC Mix wood of various species was used for the decking of pedestrian bridges.


Acres of new parkland provided a colourful festival atmosphere for the Games. 45m3 of FSC 100% and FSC Recycled Cumaru, Basralocus and Robinia was used in the creation of 250 benches and more than 3,300 seats, so that people are never more than a 50m walk from a seat.

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