A Marathon not a Sprint? Legacy lessons for London

Centre for Cities considers what London needs to do to ensure a successful Olympic legacy now that the Games are over

Report published on 9 September 2012 by Dmitry Sivaev

The London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games have been a major success, generating a remarkable buzz and uniting the country behind the Team GB athletes.  Now, with the flame moving on and the Olympic Park vacated, the focus switches to the long-term “legacy” benefits of the Olympics for London. The first step towards a successful legacy has already been achieved: the Games are internationally regarded as a success.  This provides a great foundation for Olympic legacy as London can benefit from newly created facilities, urban spaces and raised international profile.

Our analysis shows that in order to make legacy aspirations a reality the Greater London Authority, the Olympic boroughs and the London Legacy Development Corporation should learn lessons from the experience of recent host cities.