Great Britain’s great infrastructure to go on show in Taipei May 9-10


TAIPEI — The British Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan will hold an exhibition in Taipei on May 9-10 to showcase major venues of the London Olympic Games and share building technologies with Taiwan’s construction industry.

The exhibition titled “Great British Infrastructure: 2012,” which focuses on Olympic venues and transportation infrastructure associated with the event, will take place at the Taipei International Convention Center, the office said yesterday.

According to the office, the United Kingdom plans to use the sporting spectacle as an opportunity to transform east London, where several main venues are located, and improve the local standard of living. The office highlighted the emphasis placed on the environment throughout the planning of the Olympic Games, noting 2 million tons of contaminated soil from the site of Olympic Park in east London’s Stratford area, previously a deserted industrial land, were washed to remove pollutants, such as petrol and heavy metals. The exhibition will also include several transportation works connected with the Olympics, such as upgrades and expansions at the Stratford, King’s Cross and St. Pancras stations, as well as projects to increase capacity levels on the Docklands Light Railway system. Several British railway and airport projects around the world, such as Hong Kong International Airport, will also be displayed at the exhibition, the office said.