Here are some of his thoughts on what has happened in East London:
Standing outside St Martin's Court this morning watching the Olympic Flame go past the office and hearing the roar of the crowd took me back to the 6th July 2005. That day I was standing at the bar of the Albannach in Trafalgar Square listening to the announcements coming through from Singapore. I was at the "Thank you London" party - an event for all those who had been involved with the 2012 bid. Little did I know what impact the announcement by Jacque Rogge at just before 1pm that day would have on so many people's lives, including my own, for the next seven years.
After the jubilation of hearing London announced as the winner, there was a stark realisation of how much work had to be done in such a short period of time with NO possible extension to the deadline. A meeting was planned for the next morning where the CBRE team appeared with bleary eyes and sore heads to work out how we were going to play our part in acquiring almost 500 acres in over 400 different ownerships and relocate more than 3.5 m sq ft of business in a two year period to hand the land over for the Olympic Park to be built.
This was the largest land assembly project to have ever taken place in Europe and all those involved feel proud to have played our part. In 2005 I often wondered what Stratford and The Olympic Park would look like by 2012 and questioned as to whether it would live up to the dream and vision.
At that time this remarkable area, only three miles east of The City of London, was home to a range of users including waste recycling, scrap yards, food manufacturing, printing and distribution. It also had its issues including heavily contaminated ground, buildings that were no longer fit for purpose, electricity pylons crossing the whole site and Europe's largest redundant fridge mountain. This was an opportunity to revitalise an area of London that had suffered from a lack of investment for a number of decades and the Games was the opportunity to rectify this and bring it back to becoming a core part of London again.
Over the next two years there were vociferous concerns from owners of businesses who were facing an uncertain future, some of which I got to know well after animated and tense negotiations and now count as friends. One, who was the most high profile objector during the process, that I e-mailed yesterday to wish him well over the next couple of weeks at his new facility adjacent to the Park summed it up in his response: "Cheers Matt - lots of blood, sweat and tears! It's looking amazing".
This was certainly one of the most professionally challenging periods of my life where no day was the same and deadlines were deadlines with no flexibility at all. Would it be worth it? I was always convinced it would. And as I watched the BBC News this week with Fiona Bruce presenting live from the Olympic Park with the Stadium in the background illuminated and tinted blue and the rest of the Park illuminated, the feelings of excitement about the imminent start of the Games and my own satisfaction of playing a very small part in such an exciting and extraordinary project, put a beaming smile from ear to ear across my face.
I cannot wait for tomorrow... bring on the Games.