Fulcrum was appointed by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as the Independent Gas Transporter (IGT) for the Games’ “own and operate” contract and subsequently invited to tender for other infrastructure aspects of the Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park.

Fulcrum designed and installed some of the Games’ most critical gas infrastructure serving the Olympic Park, Athletes’ Village, VIP and global political leader dining areas, major sponsors’ hospitality suite, workforce dining area and the jewel in the crown, the Olympic Cauldron and its folding petals of gas flame.

As the utility owner for the gas network, Fulcrum upheld its statutory obligation to maintain the infrastructure and be responsible for its safety and security by making sure a fast-response technical, repair and engineering team was available 24:7 for the duration of the Games.

Construction involved 4km of 300mm (12”) diameter steel pipe operating at intermediate pressure (IP) up to 7 barg and included three underground pressure reduction stations. Pipework ran across three bridges, including the Channel Tunnel rail link, and underneath main railway lines and a canal.

In addition to meeting stringent site security requirements and the needs of multiple stakeholders associated with a large project, we were presented with several physical challenges to deliver gas to the Olympic Cauldron.

The project was completed successfully and won multiple utility industry awards, including Capital Project Management of the Year and Engineer of the Year.

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