A civil engineer from Swindon has worked on the construction of the Olympic Park in East London for the last three years and is now a member of the team planning how to take it apart once the Paralympics have finished in September.
Former Greendown School pupil Rosemary Ogle was one of the thousands employed by several large engineering companies in building the park. After New College and a civil engineering degree at Bristol University – including trainee placements on building Thamesdown Drive – she joined BAM Nuttall Ltd. in 2003 and worked on contracts across South Wales.
Much civil engineering work is hidden from view and at the Olympic Park Rosemary has been responsible for managing the construction of roads and retaining walls, and in the last two years completion of hard landscaping to the north of the stadium.
A project that everyone will see is RUN, designed by Monica Bonvicini, one of the large scale public artworks commissioned for the park from world renowned artists. Rosemary was given responsibility for the planning and installation of the three 9 metre high letters made of steel and mirrored glass, lit internally by thousands of LED bulbs. Having taken on the project halfway into the scheme she had to travel to Germany on three occasions to work with the artist and the company making the sculpture to ensure that delivery and erection was completed on time.
As a result she received a commendation and trophy from the Olympic Delivery Authority for her exemplary standard of work in dealing with the construction problems and making sure the agreed completion date was met.
Once the games are over, the Olympic stadium, aquatic centre and velodrome as well as the urban park running through the site will remain. Temporary facilities like the basketball centre, hockey pitches and training areas will be dismantled. The main road through the park, cut in half for the games, will be reinstated and parcels of land prepared for housing and employment over the next few years.
Rosemary is now working on soft landscaping schemes and planning the permanent hockey pitches that will serve the East London boroughs.
Rosemary said working on the Olympic project has been a challenge for everybody involved. "Getting the site ready for the games has been a huge and complex project involving lots of engineering companies and contractors doing the work safely. It was an environmentally degraded area which has been dramatically improved in a really tight timescale.
“With the eyes of the world on London 2012 the Olympic Delivery Authority set a very high standard. There has been immense pressure to constantly check work to cut out mistakes and ensure projects were delivered on time."
Below, Rosemary in 2002 at the opening of the Priory Vale section of Thamesdown Drive