Olympic Games 'will generate £40m for Lincolnshire'
The Olympic Games will generate an estimated £40 million for businesses in Lincolnshire, it is claimed.
A report from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) says 32 contracts have been snapped up by businesses across the county for the 2012 Games.
There has been a wide variety of deals struck, ranging from building projects to the provision of equestrian cross country equipment.
Smith Construction of Heckington produced all of the high specification ground work for the warm-up track at the Olympic Park.
Jeanette Munton, project development manager at Smith, explained how laser-controlled plant and machinery was needed to make sure athletic greats such as Olympic champion Usain Bolt are able to prepare properly.
"There are very specific rules we had to work to," she said.
"We had a surface tolerance of plus or minus three millimetres, and that was on the final surface. So the initial work called for much tighter tolerances.
"We used laser-controlled machines to make sure it was exact."
Smith won its contract through the procurement website set up by LOCOG, CompeteFor.
And bidding for a contract was a big task in itself according to Mrs Munton.
"We had to go through a lot of planning to get the bid in," she said.
"There was a large dossier of information put together by bid manager Robert Swatton and the rest of the team.
"We had to go to meet LOCOG in London and there was a long discussion about a number of matters, not just about construction, but logistics as well because of all the safety concerns on the site.
"It was a tough process, we got the job in the end, then we just had to build it."
The work required levelling the site and providing drainage. The running surface itself is an international surface called Mondo, identical to the surface in the main Olympic Stadium.
Mrs Munton is proud that a little bit of Lincolnshire will play a crucial part in the Games.
Site manager Jason Phipps said: "We thoroughly enjoyed working on such a great project. We are all really looking forward to seeing the athletes getting ready for their events on the track we built."
Outside of the stadium RSJ Steels of Lincoln won a contract to supply steel reinforced bars for many bridges and parapets.
The report stated that work carried out by Lincolnshire firms could run into millions.
"We estimate that Lincolnshire businesses have won in excess of £40m of business from London 2012," the report read.