Contractor wins £154m contract to carry out the conversion of the London Olympic Stadium into a home for West Ham

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Balfour Beatty has won the £154m contract to carry out the conversion of the London Olympic Stadium into a home for West Ham football club.

The contractor said this morning that it had won the job, which will see the stadium transformed into a football ground and multi-use venue.

Balfour Beatty said the £154m contract also included the £41m job to transform the stadium roof that the firm won last year. When completed, the new roof will be the largest cantilevered roof in the world covering every stadium seat.

The firm beat off competition from Sir Robert McAlpine, which was the main contractor on the stadium, as well as ISG, Buckingham Group and Shepherd Construction.

Mace has already been appointed as project and programme manager for the work while Buro Happold is structural engineer and the architect is Populous.

The Olympic Stadium will host five matches during the Rugby World Cup 2015 and will be the permanent home of West Ham from 2016.

The venue will also become the new national competition stadium for athletics in the UK as well as hosting elite international athletics events and other sporting, cultural and community events.

A new community athletics track will also be provided next to the main stadium.

Works commence on site early in 2014 and are due for completion in the spring of 2016.