Olympic legacy chief impressed with city centre revamp

By Matthew Bates 09/08 Updated: 09/08 15:24

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Buy photos » The minister is taken through some of the most historic areas of Coventry on the way to the new Broadgate. Picture by Jon Mullis 32.012.025.cov.jm2

THE MAN responsible for ensuring an Olympic legacy has visited Coventry.

Bob Neill watched Team GB's ladies team lose to Canada on Friday night after being given a tour around the city.

The 60-year-old Bromley MP said he gained a flavour of the regeneration work in the city centre and that it was creating a legacy for local people and making it more attractive to investors.

"It is fantastic the Olympics are underway and with Coventry hosting many of the major football matches, it does show that these really are Great Britain-wide games.

"More than £520 million worth of Olympic Park contracts were won by West Midlands-based businesses. Sixty local businesses have played a role in the construction of the Olympic Park, including providing flooring for the Velodrome and structural steelworks for the Aquatics Centre.

"Coventry-based Premier Group also supplied one of the most iconic items associated with the Games – the Olympic relay torch. This is real testament to the excellent businesses within the West Midlands.

“My visit provides a wonderful opportunity to see just how being a host city can really impact the local area, providing many opportunities for the realisation of key local growth projects."

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Buy photos» Bob Neill MP (left), is greeted by Paul Beesley, team leader for city property development, as they begin their tour of the city centre. Picture by Jon Mullis 32.012.025.cov.jm1

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Buy photos» The minister looks out over Broadgate to see the work carried out. Picture by Jon Mullis 32.012.025.cov.jm3

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