Memorandum submitted by UK Athletics
1. UK Athletics welcomes the opportunity
to submit evidence to the Select Committee. It is not intended
to repeat the issues that led to UK Athletics seeking a new venue
for World Championships in Athletics in 2005 and beyond as these
have been covered in detail in previous reports. Instead we will
focus on four areas:
1.1 selection process for the new National
Athletics Stadium in the Lee Valley;
1.2 an update on National Athletics Stadium
1.3 the bids and decisions to award the World
Indoor Athletics Championships to Birmingham in 2003 and the World
Outdoor Championships in Athletics to London in 2005; and
1.4 progress in the arrangement for these
2. Following the Secretary of State's decision
to omit athletics from the new English National Stadium at Wembley,
a site selection process was undertaken to find a new location
in London both for the 2005 World Championships, and as a "legacy"
National Athletics Stadium. Sport England facilitated a process
for UK Athletics to select the site. A number of organisations
offered invaluable assistance in this process including:
2.1 The London 2005 Bid Committee
2.2 Government Office for London
2.4 London International Sport
2.5 British Olympic Association
3. We also received strong support from
the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Minister
for Sport and officers of DCMS. In particular this support was
given in chairing crucial meetings throughout the site selection
process which was necessarily conducted at pace due to the impending
IAAF Council Meeting to award the World Championships.
4. The organisations involved in the process
agreed upon a number of criteria against which to evaluate the
potential sites, and to produce a shortlist for final selection.
The criteria used were:
4.1 Site availability, compatibility and
4.2 Likelihood of development achieving Planning
4.3 Convenient access to campus accommodation
for c 3,200 beds (athletes' village)
4.4 Capital and revenue viability
4.5 Ability of project to contribute to local
4.6 Quality of existing and potential transport
4.7 Appropriateness of setting for world
event and likely local reaction
4.8 Distance from Central London
4.9 Potential of site to contribute to an
East or West London Olympic Bid
5. Initial assessments were carried out,
and on the basis of the findings a shortlist of sites was agreed
by all parties. Approaches were made to the shortlisted sites
for supplementary information, and interviews were held with key
6. Final reports were compiled, and at a
meeting chaired by the Secretary of State on 24 February 2000
UK Athletics announced their preference for the Pickett's Lock
site in the Lee Valley. This decision which received support from
7. The lead partner in the project is the
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA)without their
staff expertise and enthusiasm, and considerable financial contribution
at risk, the project would not have taken off at all. UK Athletics
are extremely grateful for their continued support.
8. The London Borough of Enfield (LBE) has
offered valuable support, both in advising on the planning and
transport aspects of the project and in providing the crucial
local community input to the development. Sport England has assisted
with financial support for feasibility studies (see below), and
with advice in structuring the project development.
9. Other partners in the project are brought
together at the Lee Valley Stadium Forum chaired by the Minister
for Sport. This has proved to be useful for ensuring that a co-ordinated
approach is taken as the project progresses on many fronts.
10. With the financial support of Sport
England and LVRPA, initial studies have been undertaken on design/technical
aspects of the development, the planning context and the on-going
viability of the "legacy" in the form of an outline
11. The positive findings of these initial
reports, along with progress on other issues such as the "legacy"
event profile, convinced Sport England to offer a further £1.33m
11.1 the appointment of a design team to
produce outline designs and cost plans;
11.2 the production of a planning application;
11.3 the further development of capital and
revenue funding packages;
11.4 the completion of transport and environmental
impact studies to inform both the client group and the planning
11.5 the formalisation of organisational
arrangements within the client group.
12. UK Athletics is grateful for this financial
support, along with the partnership funding from LVRPA, and sees
this as an endorsement of the progress made on the project to
date, and an indication of confidence in the ultimate success
of the development.
13. The most recent funding stream will
see the project through to Spring 2001, at which point a planning
application will be submitted, along with an application for further
funding from Sport England. For the remainder of 2001 it is intended
to work up the detailed design in response to issues raised from
the planning process.
14. Demolition and site clearance should
begin in 2002 with the stadium construction beginning the next
year. Construction should be complete by Winter 2004 before fit-out
begins in time for an opening at the start of the 2005 athletics
season. A series of trial events will be held during Summer 2005
ahead of the World Championships in August.
IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
15. UK Athletics made two bids to the IAAF
Council in Paris on 2 and 3 April 2000, for the 2003 World Indoor
Championships and the 2005 World Championships. Both bids were
successful and these two events offer an unprecedented platform
upon which to build a thriving future for the sport.
World Indoor ChampionshipsBirmingham 2003
16. A bid from UK Athletics in conjunction
with Birmingham City Council and UK Sport was submitted to the
IAAF to stage the World Indoor Championships at the National Indoor
Arena (NIA) in March 2003.
17. The NIA is the premier indoor athletics
venue in the United Kingdom, offering a modern, light and airy
arena that is equally popular with competitors, spectators, media
and television. It will be an ideal setting for the most important
event in the indoor athletics calendar and a great springboard
for the 2005 outdoor World Championships in London.
World ChampionshipsLondon 2005
18. A bid from UK Athletics in conjunction
with UK Sport was submitted to the IAAF to stage the World Championships
at the new stadium at Pickett's Lock in August 2005. Representatives
of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and London Borough of Enfield
were present to support the bid.
19. The bid presentation team included the
Secretary of State and, along with the written support of the
Prime Minister, his assurances over the stadium proved crucial
with those members of the IAAF Council with doubts following the
Wembley situation. The bid was accepted on the condition that
UK Athletics and partners in the project could demonstrate clear
progress on the stadium by October 2001.
World Indoor ChampionshipsBirmingham 2003
20. Detailed discussions have been taking
place to establish an Organising Committee. Birmingham City Council
has been working with UK Sport in preparation for a Lottery application
to assist with event staging costs.
21. By the end of December 2000 a Championships
Director will be appointed, and by the end of January 2001 the
IAAF, UK Athletics and Birmingham City Council will sign the Event
22. During February 2001 an Executive Committee
will be formed, and in March 2001 UK Athletics and Birmingham
City Council will host a reception for team leaders and media
attending the World Indoor Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.
World ChampionshipsLondon 2005
23. Detailed discussions have been taking
place with the Greater London Authority, Department for Culture,
Media and Sport, plus other agencies with the objectives of having
the necessary relationships clearly defined so that an Organising
Committee can be formed and the IAAF Event Organisation Agreement
(EOA) signed by the required parties.
24. The event budget has been refined following
an initial assessment by Sport England and their advisers. The
assessment was very positive and a framework for the substantive
Lottery application has resulted from the continued supportive
relationship with Sport England officers.
25. The EOA will be signed by the end of
January 2001 and the Organising Committee will be officially appointed
during Spring 2001. At the same time, an initial Operational Plan
will be produced that will provide a framework for the development
of the event in the years leading up to 2005.
26. The substantive Lottery application,
which will include the updated budget and Operational Plan, will
be compiled and submitted in Spring 2001. The detailed progress
report required by the IAAF on the stadium development will be
compiled and submitted to the IAAF by 1 October 2001.