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Many global events act as a catalyst for major regeneration and infrastructure projects. But none are more emotive, visible to the public and open to scrutiny than the Olympic Games.
Jones Lang LaSalle has a clear history of practical experience and involvement in a range of Olympic projects. This includes advising on the creation of transport infrastructure, housing and sporting venues, through to understanding the impact of such large development projects on the local urban environment.
Over the last decade, Katie Kopec, Head of Development & Consulting at Jones Lang LaSalle has spearheaded Jones Lang LaSalle’s involvement and extensive client advisory work for several Olympic related projects. This has included extensive involvement and unsurpassed support for the successful London 2012 Olympic bid.
“Having been actively involved in the London 2012 project as a real estate adviser to several governmental bodies, I have seen first-hand the excitement and buzz. Olympic projects bring with them. They are unique events – the greatest show on earth – and they bring excitement, opportunity and change to cities, countries, citizens and the corporate world.
Whilst Olympic projects present the real opportunity to innovate and deliver positive change to urban environment, demonstrating a clear vision and strategy from start to finish is vital to success, especially with half the world’s population tuning in to witness the opening ceremony.
Commenting further, Katie Kopec added:
“From winning the bid in 2005, East London has been on a tremendous journey. I am personally proud of Jones Lang LaSalle’s involvement. We started by advising the London Development Agency (LDA) at the initial bidding stage. This expanded to include advice on a redevelopment strategy of the Lower Lea Valley area where the Olympic Park was to be staged through to an analysis of legacy options for the venue.”
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