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Old April 20th, 2011, 04:36 PM   #121
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Aquatics Centre factfile

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  • The Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics Centre is located in the south of the Olympic Park and will be the main ‘Gateway into the Games', hosting Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo finals and the swimming discipline of the Modern Pentathlon
  • The Aquatics Centre will have a capacity of 17,500 during the Games reducing in legacy to a maximum of 2,500, with the ability to add 1,000 for major events, and provide two 50m swimming pools with moveable floors and separator booms, a diving pool and dry diving area.
  • The Aquatics Centre is the second largest Olympic Park venue at over 200 metres long with a 22,000 metre squared footprint and a full size (volume) of approx 500,000 cubic metres.
  • Eleven industrial buildings have been demolished on the 55,000 sq m site.
  • Around 160,000 tonnes of soil have been dug out on of what was one of the more challenging and complex areas of the Olympic Park, contaminated with pollutants including petrol, oil, tar, solvents and heavy metals such as arsenic and lead
  • Four skeletons were discovered and removed from a prehistoric settlement discovered on the site of the Aquatic Centre.
  • 140,000 tonnes of clean soil has been brought from other areas of the Olympic Park to prepare for construction to start.
  • Balfour Beatty is building the Aquatics Centre and huge land-bridge that forms the roof of the training pool and the main pedestrian access to the Olympic Park. Construction work will be complete in 2011 for test events ahead of the Games.
  • The river that runs alongside the venue has been widened by eight metres by building 550m of new river walls.
  • The sweeping roof, which is 160m long and 80m at its widest point, is an innovative steel structure weighing over 3,000 tonnes with a striking and robust aluminium covering, half of which is recycled, resting on three supports.
  • Construction started on the foundations in July 2008. A 3,000 tonne concrete ‘bridge’ has been built spanning and protecting the tunnels which have been dug to run powerlines beneath the site. The 18.5m tall northwest roof support has been built on top of this base.
  • The permanent section is complete of the 250m and 45m wide land bridge that forms the main ‘Gateway to the Games’ from the Stratford City development, spanning the Aquatics Centre and forming the roof of the training pool.
  • 866,000 ceramic tiles made are being installed in the pools, poolside and changing rooms (180,000 lining the pools themselves). The tiles were delivered by train to the Olympic Park. Most of the tiles are white with blue tiles used for the lanes in the competition pool which have to be placed perfectly to ensure the lanes are straight.
  • Over 30,000 sections of sustainably sourced Red Lauro timber are currently being placed on the curved Aquatics Centre ceiling, after being precisely cut using 3D computer modelling – despite the ceiling curving in two directions the joining lines must be absolutely straight to make them easier for swimmers doing the backstroke to follow.
  • The two 1600 tonne steel frames of the temporary seating stands that sit either side of the Aquatics Centre roof are structurally complete with colourful steel seat supports and 19,000 metres squared of phalate-free uPVC wrap. Seats will start to be installed shortly.
  • Four miles of pipes and 13 filters each filled with 16 tonnes of sand are in place to manage the 15 million litres water in the three pools including the use of overflow water to flush the Aquatics Centre toilets.
  • The unique Zaha Hadid-designed curved concrete dive tower is complete. Following five months of laboratory and on-site trials the complex six-board tower was built with 462 tonnes of high-tech self-compacting concrete poured into glass-fibre reinforced plastic moulds, computer cut from a 3D model, around a skeleton of steel bars to make the distinctive shape. The tower includes a 5m board with 1m spring board below, 3m springboard and 3m board, 7.5m and 10m boards.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 05:24 PM   #122
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I don't know if there's a thread on this in the main London forums, but this seems to be so intertwined with the Olympics and showing off our city next summer, I thought I'd post it here:

Spectacular "floating river" to be constructed by the Thames in time for London 2012

A spectacular £60 million ($97 million) kilometre long floating river will be built along the north bank of the Thames, and will be ready for the summer of 2012 and the London Olympic Games, it has been announced.

Gensler designed the "London River Park", which won the Mayor's Award for Planning Excellence at the 2010 London Planning Awards, and asset managers Venus Group have agreed to finance the project.

Detailed plans will now be drawn up with a Memorandum of Agreement signed between Venus and the London Mayor, a deal which sees 30 per cent of the net revenue of the project going straight back into the public purse.

Eight themed pavilions will be constructed along the route to showcase London and for hosting riverside events.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "The sheer beauty and design brilliance of this structure will provide yet another amazing and unique attraction for the capital.

"We will proceed sensitively working closely with our partners, particularly in the City, to ensure that one of the most famous and cherished waterfronts in the world is enhanced for the benefit of our great capital."

John Naylor, head of property and construction, Venus Group in Singapore, added: "This will be an exciting addition for the summer of 2012 and a new opportunity for Londoners to relax by the Thames in the heart of the City."

Chris Johnson, the managing principal of Gensler, added his delight at the plans: "Gensler are delighted that the project has reached this important milestone, and we look forward to working with Venus Group and all the London stakeholders over the coming months to turn this exciting concept into reality.

"To be part of the revitalisation of one of London's greatest assets – The Thames - in the creation of this new public amenity is a great honour and the overwhelming support to include the Thames as a key focus for next year's national celebrations only enhances the capitals reputation for originality, innovation and creative thinking."

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Hey Jerseyboi, I was just wondering whether you knew if it's too late to get any tickets for the games?
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if your based or living in Europe a 2nd chance will happen with a special website
reselling unwanted tickets. (These are tickets bought via a ballot with people
not getting the event they wanted) They are returned to this special Exchange website.

(this website will go online)

Also some tickets are being sold through Official sponsers. You can not buy and sell a ticket yourself.

All info at www.london2012.com.
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LOCOG announces the first 74 locations on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route



A year today, the Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece and the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012.

On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them. The Olympic Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Images from a photocall to mark the announcement of Land’s End as the start point of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be available to download here from 11am today. B-roll footage from Land’s End will be made available on request.

The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers and once the detailed route is confirmed later this year, it is estimated that 95% of the population will be within a one hour journey time of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: ‘The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across every Nation and Region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live. The first locations on the route confirmed today give a flavour of the reach the Olympic Torch Relay will have around the UK and how extensive the opportunity for starting to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games will be.’

Over the past year LOCOG has worked with representatives from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region to devise this first phase of the route. In addition to the first 74 locations confirmed on the route today, many other cities, towns, villages and places of outstanding natural beauty, sports venues and community hubs will be announced in a second, more detailed route announcement later this year that will confirm the many other places the Olympic Flame will visit each day.

The Olympic Flame will travel for approximately 12 hours each day, concluding on 66 of the 70 days with an exciting early evening celebration event that will enable thousands of people each evening to enjoy a variety of entertainment and shows staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners with the support of the host Local Authority. Each celebration event will differ with locally programmed content on the stage which will add to the celebratory atmosphere. Many thousands more people are expected to celebrate along the route each day.

Also confirmed today are 6 island visits to the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Lewis where a community led celebration to welcome the Olympic Flame will be held and Torchbearers will run in relay.

To find out more about the first places to be confirmed on the route go to www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay

The London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer nomination programme launches today at 11am. Together with the three Presenting Partners – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, LOCOG is seeking 8,000 of the most inspirational people to have their moment to shine next summer by carrying the Olympic Flame. Full details of the LOCOG Torchbearer programme and how to nominate potential Torchbearers will be released from 11am today.

LOCOG also confirms today that the feasibility of taking the Olympic Flame on a short visit to Dublin is being explored with all the relevant parties.

Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, said: ‘The Olympic Torch Relay brings London 2012 to the doorsteps of the UK giving everybody the chance to celebrate the London Games. It’s a magnificent showcase for the country and a chance to mark the achievements of inspirational people in our communities.’

The three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – will help bring the Olympic Flame to the people of the UK. Together they provide an optimum mix of previous Olympic Torch Relay expertise and community based programmes to support the staging of the Relay.

James Quincey, President, Northwest Europe & Nordics, The Coca-Cola Company, said: ‘We’re extremely proud to be sponsoring the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and know from firsthand experience how powerful it can be in inspiring local communities to get involved in the spirit of the world’s biggest festival of sport. We’ll be helping to spread the magic of London 2012 right across the UK, and we intend to shine a light on the best of British youth by giving them the chance to carry the Olympic Flame.’

Sally Hancock, Director, 2012 Partnership and Group Sponsorship at Lloyds TSB, said: ‘As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB is bringing the Olympic Flame closer to communities across the UK. We are inviting everybody to share the journey and nominate someone who has made a difference to their local community to carry the Olympic Flame. Schools and young people will have the chance to carry the Flame through National School Sport Week and our Local Heroes programme, and everybody is invited to celebrate the Relay with Lloyds TSB when it comes to their town in 2012.’

Mr. Gyehyun Kwon, Vice President & Head of Worldwide Sports Marketing, Samsung Electronics, said: ‘Samsung aims to share the excitement of the Torch Relay, while the Olympic Flame travels around the UK. We will make the most participative Torch Relay for London 2012, helping more people experience the exceptional sights and stories through our wireless technologies.’

LOCOG today also announces the following Supporting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay: Worldwide Olympic Partner Visa, Tier One Partners BMW, BT and EDF Energy, Tier Three Providers Aggreko and Holiday Inn. More details of their involvement in the staging of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be released over the coming year.


http://www.london2012.com/press/medi...torch-rela.php


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London 2012: Designing an Olympic 'torch for our time'

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the aquatic center looks so great, thanks for those photos.
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Some people believe the Beijing Olympic Pool's design is one of the reason why so many Olympic records was broken.

Is the London pool a normal Olympic Pool, or mirror Beijing's Design?
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Some people believe the Beijing Olympic Pool's design is one of the reason why so many Olympic records was broken.

Is the London pool a normal Olympic Pool, or mirror Beijing's Design?
Its an olympic pool...
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Its an olympic pool...
do you mean just a normal 2m deep pool.
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Some people believe the Beijing Olympic Pool's design is one of the reason why so many Olympic records was broken.

Is the London pool a normal Olympic Pool, or mirror Beijing's Design?
The reason why so many records were broken was because of their swim suits. They were substandard swim suits which gave an unfair advantage to the swimmers. They like to blame it on the pool because its China.

Anyways, loving the torch design btw.

I like the white stadium, looks like a white version of the water cube. I can see concerts being held in the stadium after the olympics finish
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On their own I really quite like the torches. I don't really see how they "fit" with the rest of the London olympic identity though... They seem a bit old world / pomp and circumstance compared to the "edgier" branding for everything else... If they were going for that more industrial look to tie in with the site's heritage and an homage to the olympic venues, I think an aluminium or rust colour would have been more harmonious... Anyway, as i said, I quite like them on their own merit!
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The reason why so many records were broken was because of their swim suits.
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I don't think it was the chinese that suggest the deeper pool contribute to it, and prehaps not all records was beaten by swimmer that wore the new swimsuit.
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Michael Phelps has 7 WR and 1 OR in his 8 races, but he only use his LZR Racer 3 times.
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Anyways, loving the torch design btw.

I like the white stadium, looks like a white version of the water cube. I can see concerts being held in the stadium after the olympics finish
Actually, you can't. It's designed to be temporary and will be removed post Paralympics. I think Rio wants to try and purchase the outside walls to use in one of it's arena constructions.

Oh and I hate the torch, should have been silver not gold (save for the logo, which should have been the version with the Union Jack). Perhaps with a leather bound handle. The 8,000 holes for symbolism is ok, but with that gold it makes it look like a torch appropriate for a city whose main export would be honey. :P
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