William Hague launches film on 2012 London Olympics preparation

LONDON: British Foreign Secretary William Hague Wednesday launched  new film showcasing 2012 Olympic Park in East London.Titled “Going for Green: Britain’s 2012 team” film has been commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in conjunction with the Olympic Development Authority lifts the lid on the massive construction work and sustainable design of the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford.This film will be seen by millions around the world when it is used by FCO Embassies and Olympic partners to promote the Olympics and Paralympic Games and to show the UK as  world leader in green technologies, project management and delivery, creative industries and specialised engineering.
Speaking on the occasion at the FCO, Hague said:  “This film shows just how breath taking and audacious the vision of London 2012 is: to stage the world’s first sustainable Olympic Games.The film confirms our global leadership in low carbon technology, the creative industries, life sciences and advanced engineering and the raw talent of the British companies that have made it happen.”The Foreign Secretary described how the Olympics will bring the UK to the forefront of the global agenda and how the FCO will work across the world to remind countries what is great about the UK.“This film and the work of the FCO shows the world that Britain is an ideal bilateral partner, a prime destination for tourism, trade and investment, an open, tolerant, modern and outward-looking society; a home for enterprise, wealth creation, opportunity and new ideas  ­ one of the best places in the world to study, work and do business.”Lord Sebastian Coe, the Chairman of the London Organising Committee of 2012 Games (LOCOG), also spoke on the occasion and said that this is the first Olympics to embed sustainable practices from the start, and will have lasting  impact on the whole of the UK.

Covering an area of two and a half square kilometres the Olympic Park is the largest British park to be developed in more than a century.It was the biggest demolition project in Europe as more than 220 buildings had to be removed, thousands of tons of concrete and bricks had to be cleared.  90% of the materials were saved for later re-use on the site.More than 50 electricity pylons and kilometres of high voltage cables crisscrossed the area and had to be removed. Cabling was put safely underground in two six kilometre long tunnels.Two million tons of earth had to be decontaminated and gigantic soil washing machines eradicated the contamination and mounds of clean earth could then be used on site – App