Olympics costs come in €463m under budget




The cost of the London 2012 Games has come in at £377m (€463m) under budget, according to government figures released today.

The overall cost of the Games is forecast at £8.921bn (€10.953bn) from a budget of £9.298bn (€11.415m).

With some contracts still to be wound up after the end of the Games, ministers are describing the underspend as a “prudent” estimate.

Sports minister Hugh Robertson described the feat of managing the complex programme within budget as “a tremendous success”.

He said: “The work of the construction and delivery teams, from the ODA (Olympic Delivery Authority) and Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), has set a very high standard and I have no doubt that London 2012 has set a new benchmark for the management of Olympic and Paralympic Games in future.”

Talks are also still ongoing between the London 2012 organisers and G4S to get the security firm to pay back money for the fiasco over its failure to provide enough security guards for the Games.

Robertson said: “There are projected savings of at least £377m (€462.8m) so the predictions that I made this summer that we could bring this project in at under £9 billion has almost certainly been met.

“The £377m (€462.8m) figure is conservative because there are lumps of contingency that are still attached to the outstanding work. The central expectation has to be in line with the rest of the project that not all of that will be needed.

“Locog (the London 2012 organisers) also have to conclude, and we have to sign off, the negotiations with G4S over the size of the amount of money that will be paid back to the public purse – so if you were to add to that £377m (€462.8m), anything that will not be used but is held against outstanding work and anything that might come back from G4S, it is entirely reasonable to expect that figure to rise.”

Some £103m (€126.4m) of contingency is being held to cover the remaining risks in the programme. These include the retrofit of the Olympic Village to get it ready for use when it reopens after the Games.

There are also around 2,000 contracts with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the Olympic builders and London 2012 which still have to be closed out.

In addition, £480m (€589m) of uncommitted contingency still remains within the budget.

The ODA’s construction and transport programme has come in at £6.714bn (€8.24m), according to the estimates. This is a drop of £47m (€57.7m) on the previous estimated figure.

The savings made by the ODA are now at £1.032bn (€1.267bn).

Overall savings have been made through “really tough project management” by London 2012, ODA and the Government, according to Robertson.

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