London Olympic Handover


The Olympic Flag was handed over from the Mayor of Beijing to the Mayor of London on Sunday 24 August.

The eight minute performance in the Olympic Stadium in China featured a red London bus with superstars Leona Lewis, Jimmy Page and David Beckham and was watched by around 1.5 billion people worldwide.

Key Features:

  • Attended numerous planning meetings in the lead up to the event.
  • Show-day safety manager.
  • Safety documentation production.
  • Contractor health & safety documentation gathering.


As part of this celebration a free ticketed handover party was held on the Mall in London consisting of a stage and screens known as ‘Live Sites’; each broadcasting the handover from Beijing to London as host city.

Project Director for ES Project’s Adam Wilde commissioned MRL Safety Limited at the very start of the planning process to ensure that the safety of the attendees, workers and performers were paramount to every feature of the day. MRL was crucial in providing support to the ES Project team, during both the preplanning stage and the event itself.

For this event, MRL Safety Limited’s Assistant Director Julian Bentley managed proceedings from the onsite event control room overlooking Buckingham Palace, alongside representatives from Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service, Show and Event Security, Westminster City Council and the Royal Parks Agency.

Following the successful conclusion of the event, Mike Gibbons, Head of Live Sites & UK Coordinator from The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG) had this to say about the day: “I just want to say thanks especially to you and through you to your teams for all the hard work to make Sunday happen. It was a very well-run site and event and it made a big impact on the LOCOG team, who experienced something of this nature for the first time. I’m sure it will have been immensely beneficial for the future.”

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