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Two-thirds of Brits back Olympic construction effort

Almost two-thirds of Britons are impressed by the UK construction industry’s delivery of London 2012, a Populus poll for The Times has shown.

Some 62 per cent of respondents said hosting the games showed Britain could deliver large projects on time and budget.

The poll hints at a significant improvement in the public image of UK construction after extensive delays and cost overruns hit the project to rebuild Wembley stadium.

But while many in the industry will welcome the news, New London Architecture chairman Peter Murray warned in a letter published in today’s Times that the industry would be unable to capitalise on its success without a relaxation of the London 2012 Organising Committee No Marketing Rights Protocol which prevents firms from marketing their involvement in the games.

Mr Murray wrote:  “The committee’s defence that they are protecting the brand is Olympocratic nonsense; the wider promulgation of such achievement will enhance rather than detract from the image of the games.

“The Olympic Delivery Authority did a brilliant job in completing the park at Stratford ahead of schedule.

“It now behoves Locog to ease up on its restrictions and allow those firms which have served them so well to garner some credit.”

The warning comes as UK Trade and Investment is spearheading efforts to boost UK construction overseas.

Chief construction advisor Paul Morrell hosted a UKTI event in November aimed at helping more UK companies get involved with upcoming international infrastructure opportunities in places including Brazil, South Korea, Russia, Qatar and Canada.

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