The city of Montreal in Canada has been accused of wasting ten million dollars (5 million pounds sterling) by trying to build the Olympic cycling Velodrome too quickly.
GV 1974 World cycle champion-ships in Montreal. (2 shots)
GV Montreal University cycle track.
AERIAL VIEW Olympic velodrome.
GV Various shots of velodrome under construction. (3 shots)
AERIAL SHOT of velodrome.
CU Structural engineer with model of velodrome.
AERIAL VIEW Velodrome.
CU Photo of velodrome circling four supporting points.
CU Picture explaining foundations.
SV Workers on roof. (2 shots)
GV PAN INT of velodrome.
Initials VS17.05 VS 17.20
REPORTER: MARK PHILLIPS
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Background: The city of Montreal in Canada has been accused of wasting ten million dollars (5 million pounds sterling) by trying to build the Olympic cycling Velodrome too quickly.
The accusations were made last week by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation whose research team had been investigating alleged overspending on the project.
CBC says that it was the city's unrealistic desire to hold the 1974 world cling championships in the velodrome that caused most of the overspending. This proved impossible and the championships were held at the Montreal University cycle track.
To meet its deadline of August 1974 the city allowed only one year for the actual construction of the building, despite the complexity of the design. Designed by French architect, Roger Taillibert the velodrome had to be built from the roof downwards with the main structure resting on only four points.
The city claimed that it had to spend 12 million dollars (6 million pounds sterling) unexpectedly due to foundation problems but since that construction experts have told CBC investigators that the state of the ground in that section of the city was well known and that reinforcing rocks underneath the structure should have been a predictable expense.
The city also blamed low worker productivity on the delays but experts agreed that no matte how large the workforce or how hard they worked the city could not have met the deadline.
The velodrome is still not finished, but it is hoped it will be completed in time for this year's Olympics. The final cost is still not known.
This film is serviced with a commentary by CBC reporter, Mark phillips, a transcript of which appears overleaf.
SYNOPSIS: The city of Montreal has been accused of wasting ten million dollars trying to build the Velodrome Olympic Cycling track too quickly. CBC reporter, Mark Phillips, has the story.
"These are the 1974 world cycling championships held in a temporary facility at the University of Montreal. The CBC investigation has learned that it was Montreal's unrealistic desire to hold these races in the Olympic velodrome that caused most of the over-spending. To meet its deadline the city allowed only one year for the actual construction of the building yet its a very complex structure designed by Paris architect Roger Taillibert and it required very unorthodox construction techniques. It was built from the top down, using pieces of the roof being suspended from the roof in mid-air. Yet Taillibert's plans were late in coming and when they did arrive didn't supply the detail for the technology to support the pieces. Construction engineers tell us they informed the city right at the start that the August '74 deadline was out of the question. The city stubbornly went ahead pouring millions of dollars of extra manpower and equipment into the project trying to make the unworkable construction schedule work. And the CBC has also learned that the excuses the city has offered for its overspending are invalid. A foundation problem due to the fact that the velodrome roof rest on only four points is claimed as an unexpected expense of 12 million dollars.
But construction experts have told us the reinforcing of rocks underneath those points was a predictable expense. That the condition of the ground in that part of Montreal is well known. The city had blamed its failure to meet the deadline on low worker productivity. But the experts agree that no matter how large the workforce and no matter how hard it worked the city could not have met the deadline. The construction schedule was simply unrealistic and the city admitted that after it had spent at least 10 million unnecessary dollars. Mark Phillips, CBC, Montreal."