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Odds Blog: Richard’s Olympic Reflections

Posted by indigodream on 12 August, 2012

Sunday 12th August

We’re just getting ready to go to the Closing Ceremony – we got tickets in the draw some month ago, little knowing that I’d be fortunate enough to work at the opening ceremony as well! It’s thrilling stuff but also a bit sad – this evening will be the end of a journey for me.

In late 2005 I attended a meeting which was to be the start of an intense period of work on the Olympic Park. In that time my team undertook the civil/structural engineering design of what we believe was the first permanent building to be funded by the Olympics; it was also the first permanent (and award winning) building to be built on the park. These have been exciting times – we have been in tunnels under the park, driven round the park as it developed, played are part in that development –  all fantastic work for a small specialist practice.

We boated round the park for as long as we could, towards the end we wore high viz jackets and hard hats! We have seen the transformation and it was stunning.

My journey has continued with being a gamesmaker. I got to attend a technical rehearsal as a gamesmaker, then another with Sue as spectators, then I was a gamesmaker for the actually opening ceremony.  Since then I have worked 6 shifts at the Olympic Stadium which have been stunning and this evening we get to see the closing ceremony.

It has been a fantastic journey. This year has had some serious “downs” but the “ups” have been so fantastic. What can possibly follow the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant and then the Olympics?

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