After a washout of a summer, the UK needed something to cheer it up – and the Beijing Olympics did just that.
For once, not only did the architecture and programming wow the nation, but so did Team GB’s achievements.
Such positive vibes couldn’t last long however, and soon talk turned to how on earth London 2012 could possibly live up to Beijing 2008. With a budget of a ‘mere’ £9.3bn – compared with China’s £22bn spend – and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell stating that overruns in one area would have to be made up from savings in another, it was soon predicted that we would never be able to compete with the Chinese achievement. But with Construction GB under pressure, it seems likely that the government will do what it usually does and pay up to keep the Games on track – unless something really revolutionary happens and it can actually be built on time and to budget.