Picture Special: Latest images of Olympic site progress

Grant Prior 13 years ago

New aerial images have been released showing the transformation of the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Games as construction of the permanent venues nears completion.

The Olympic Park ‘big build’ is now nearly 80% complete and the main venues are on track to be completed this summer – a year before the Games.

ODA Chairman John Armitt, said: “These new images show the transformation of a former industrial area into a great new park with world-class sports venues and a new network of roads, bridges and infrastructure built for the Games and legacy.”

Recent Olympic Park progress includes:

Stadium: Structurally complete with roof and all spectator seats installed. Lighting towers in place and lights tested. Ready to start laying turf for the field of play and the installation of the running track later this year.

Aquatics Centre: Permanent structure and wave-shaped roof in place, work underway on the Games time temporary seating stands, sweeping timber ceiling and bespoke concrete dive boards. The dive pool and two 50m pools have been tested and tiling is underway, moveable floors and separator booms are currently being installed to enable a range of community uses in legacy.

Velodrome: Construction complete and venue to be handed to LOCOG for overlay works.

Olympic Village: More than three-quarters of the residential plots are structurally complete with the structure of the Chobham Academy school also nearing completion. Work is well underway on the state-of-the-art polyclinic and creation of the Village wetlands and landscaping underway.

IBC/MPC: The structures of the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre are complete with internal working continuing. A 2,500 square metre brown roof for wildlife is being created on the MPC and the Multi-storey Car Park is complete.

Basketball: Two-thirds of the 12,000 seats are now in place at the Basketball Arena. The concrete base of the court has been poured and all external rooms are now in place and being fitted-out.

Latest employment figures show that as the ‘Big Build’ reaches its peak over 12,000 people are working on the Olympic Park and Village.

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