The government’s track record in delivering major projects on time has come under heavy criticism over the years. Given this, the nation was taken by surprise at the success of London 2012. The Olympics showcased what public, private and arm’s-length organisations can achieve when working together effectively.

Drawing on the insights of 58 Games insiders including Lord Coe, Dame Tessa Jowell, Lord Deighton and Sir John Armitt, this report tells the story of London 2012. It examines the key factors that made the Games successful, and urges government to learn twelve lessons from the success of London 2012 that could help improve future government major projects.