What happens to the furniture after the Olympics 2012
Thousands of beds, chairs and sofas used by star athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games are heading to Nottingham after a logistics firm won the contract to deliver them to excited souvenir-hunters all over the country.
Park Logistics, based in Colwick, will spend the next two months processing items of furniture, fittings and equipment from the Athletes’ Village and other Olympic venues after they were bought by members of the public in a once-in-a-lifetime online sale.
Not only do the items include around 11,000 beds and mattresses slept in by the athletes themselves – including gold medallists such as Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis and Michael Phelps – Park Logistics will also be handling chairs from the village’s vast dining hall, designer coffee tables, sofas, bedside tables and more than 66,500 bright green bean bags used by competitors relaxing after their events.
All the items are being sold through a website run by Remains of the Games, an autonomous trading division of Ramler Furniture, the company responsible for buying around one million pieces of furniture, fixtures and equipment and renting them to Games organisers Locog for the period of the Games.
The website, which went live before the Olympics began, was an unprecedented success, with up to 15,000 people logging on every day to buy something with which to remember the games.
It has also sold thousands more items, which also include everyday objects such as TV stands, extension leads and notice boards, to customers in the leisure, hotel and retail sectors. Items are already being collected from the Olympic Park and Athletes Village – although the majority of products will be removed after the Paralympic Games – and are being taken to Ramler Furniture’s huge warehouse at Tilbury Docks in Essex, from where they will be sorted before delivery to Park Logistics’ site.
The company, which has taken on new staff to help it cope with demand, will then package and despatch the goods direct to buyers’ homes, as well as hosting a collection service for those who want to pick their purchases up themselves.
Park Logistics is receiving hundreds of calls and emails a day from buyers arranging delivery and, starting in September, will take two months to deliver everything.
It is using a computerised system to log each buyer’s postcode and staff will use the data to co-ordinate a delivery schedule.
Stephen Gibson, of Park Logistics, said: “We were selected to participate in this exciting project ahead of competition from much larger companies by the Remains of the Games organisation.
“They were particularly impressed by our ‘can do’ attitude and the enthusiasm of our people at the prospect of being linked to the success of the 2012 Olympics.
“We worked quickly to bespoke a logistics solution to the demanding requirements of the organisers and were rewarded by winning this contract.
“Response from the public has been tremendous and we have had to take on extra staff, which is great news.”