Stuart Wilson was the ODA Project Sponsor responsible for the Olympics Athletes Village Public Realm from early 2009 until its successful completion for Games. He is continuing to work on the East Village Retrofit until completion in early 2014.
In addition to acting as principal landscape advisor to the ODA since 2006, Stuart was also responsible for the management and maintenance of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before and during Games until it was handed to the London Legacy Development Corporation last month.
Shortly after taking over the Athletes Village project, Stuart instigated a detailed review of the proposals for the public realm which led to a complete re-design and a new planning application. This was required to ensure that the public realm works were acceptable to all stakeholders in terms of aesthetics, quality and capital/whole life costs.
The delivery of the project was challenging because of its size; the high quality required throughout and the very short delivery programme which saw a peak of 500 people working on the public realm alone. A key factor in achieving this has been the hand on approach Stuart that has adopted throughout.
His involvement in selecting consultants, contractors and suppliers; in reviewing all of the design drawings and specifications; in reviewing cost plans; in implementing a thorough benchmarking and samples approval process and then in monitoring works closely on the ground has helped to make this a great success.
I have now worked closely with Stuart on the Olympic Park, the Olympics Athletes Village and at Greenwich Peninsula. His detailed knowledge of the landscape industry and depth of experience of public realm design, delivery and cost has been a major factor in the successful delivery of these projects and I would recommend Stuart to any Client where public realm and landscaping are important elements.
Simon Wright OBE
Director of Infrastructure
Olympic Delivery Authority