I am off to the London 2012 Olympic Park on Friday afternoon for a tour of the site with the Olympic Park Legacy Company.
Progress is dramatic on a week-by-week basis and I have not been around the site for a couple of months, so I am looking forward to the tour with great interest.
Among other things, I will be looking out for evidence of branding for the “Westfield Olympic Stadium”.
A widely followed story this week in Construction Enquirer suggested that Stratford City developer Westfield is in talks to sponsor West Ham’s Olympic Stadium as part of a £20m investment.
I have to say both parties are refusing to comment on this on the record. It has also been suggested to me by a fairly well placed source that no such talks have taken place and that there has been a bit of two and two making five in this case.
Still, the names Westfield and West Ham are certainly similar and the Australian developer has been central to West Ham’s plans for the stadium as well as to the entire Olympic project so why not?
I also understand that the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Ralph Luck will be announcing the successful bidders for the £500m Olympic Village in early July. The theory is that he has made his decision and has been informing the three bid teams. For some reason I keep hearing that the Wellcome Trust has made a particularly compelling case too.
Anyway I will keeping an eye out for property types from the likes of the Wellcome Trust and Delancey walking around the village with smiles on their faces.