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The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and their use after 2012.

About the ODA

The ODA has its headquarters in Canary Wharf, together with the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

It is led by Sir John Armitt (Chairman) and Dennis Hone (Chief Executive).

A delivery partner was appointed to work with the ODA to project manage the venues and infrastructure programme for the Games.

ODA responsibilities

The ODA is also responsible for:

  • Building new permanent venues for the Games and use afterwards: The Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre, Velodrome, Copper Box, BMX Track – all in the Olympic Park; and the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire.
  • Building temporary arenas/facilities that will be dismantled and/or relocated after the Games: the Water Polo Arena; Basketball Arena; facilities for Wheelchair Tennis at Eton Manor; and the venue at Royal Artillery Barracks for Shooting, Paralympic Archery and Paralympic Shooting.
  • Improvement works to existing sports venues at Eton Dorney and Weymouth and Portland.
  • Planning and delivering transport infrastructure and operations to support the Games.
  • Making sure the project sets new standards for sustainable development. 

The ODA's work is underpinned by six ‘priority themes’: design and accessibility, employment and skills, equality and inclusion, health, safety and security, sustainability, and legacy.

Read more about constructing the venues for the Games and the ODA’s priority themes.

The ODA is working with the Olympic Park Legacy Company to plan Games-time and long-term use together to make sure the area will be regenerated, leaving housing, schools and health facilities for the local community after 2012 alongside world-class sports facilities.

Legal status

The ODA was established by the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act, which received Royal Assent in March 2006. The Act was passed to ensure the necessary planning and preparation for the Games can take place. It allows the ODA to:

  •  buy, sell and hold land;
  • make arrangements for building works and develop transport and other infrastructure;
  • develop a Transport Plan for the Games, with which other agencies must cooperate, and make orders regulating traffic on the Olympic Road Network and Paralympic Route Network; and
  • be the local planning authority for the Olympic Park area.

As a public body, the ODA is accountable to Government, the GLA and other stakeholders for its work.

ODA Jobs

Olympic Delivery Authority job vacancies can be found here

ODA Board

Meet the members of the Olympic Delivery Authority board.

ODA finance

Find out more about the Olympic Delivery Authority's financial activities.

Equality Impact Assessments

The Olympic Delivery Authority undertakes Equality Impact Assessments on its programme of work, strategies and projects to ensure it meets everyone's needs.

Employment and Skills

As a public body, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) publishes information about its staff structure and senior staff pay.

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