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Old February 21st, 2011, 08:29 PM   #2081
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The Daily Mail has a reputation for that - it riles the public up if it disagrees with anything the government say or do. In the Olympics case, it was the overspending in the Games when we had labour, and now it's the cut backs on the Olympic budget with the Lib-Con coalition - the politicians can't win!

Also the Daily Mail will probably moan about the huge influx of foreign visitors coming to Britain in 2012!!
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Old February 21st, 2011, 09:02 PM   #2082
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The parkland is beginning to come together:



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Old February 21st, 2011, 09:24 PM   #2083
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Olympic velodrome opens tomorrow

The London 2012 Olympic Games velodrome will officially launch tomorrow (Tuesday, February 22), with an opening ceremony featuring several of Britain's track stars, fresh from appearing at the Track World Cup in Manchester at the weekend.

The distinctive 'Pringle' velodrome in the Olympic velopark is the first venue for the Games to be completed, and the structure has been widely applauded for its architecture and for the fact that - rarely for a national sporting venue - it has been completed on time and without construction problems.
British track stars Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Becky James will all be there, alongside chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee Seb Coe, UCI preisdent Pat McQuaid, British Cycling president Brian Cookson and a mass of press eager to start the 2012 build-up in earnest.

Hugh Pearman, architecture critic for the Sunday Times called the velodrome "one hell of a good building" in an extensive article in Sunday's edition of the paper that heaped praise on the structure. "One thing is clear," said Pearman, "of the permanent sporting venues the best is the velodrome... it is such a refreshingly good building."

The velodrome's shape looks like a giant Pringle crisp, and mimics the lines of the cycling track contained within it. Architect for the project was Mike Taylor of Hopkins Architects, and the Siberian pine track was designed by Ron Webb, also responsible for the Manchester and Newport velodromes. Inside, the velodrome is naturally lit with a roof free from girders and supports providing a wide, uncluttered arena. A total of 16 kilometres of steel cable keep the roof securely in place.

Triple 2008 Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy had a say in its design, and there are numerous touches that only someone who truly understands track racing will have incorporated. For instance, there's a dual heating system so that the track area is warmer than the ventilated 6,000 seat spectator area. Perfect for setting world-record-setting times whilst keeping the fans cool.

Cycling Weekly will be at the London 2012 velodrome opening and will be bringing you photos and a report from the venue.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 10:56 AM   #2084
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Velodrome Officially Completed

Here are the links to a Video from bbc:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olym...12/9403566.stm

and here are some beautiful pictures of the inside and outside:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12301465

I love the curves of the roof in the 5th picture and the way it looks almost like it is floating above its concrete base, enjoy people!
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 03:05 PM   #2085
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A big post coming up but full of new aerial photos released today by London 2012:

from the London 2012 website (thanks to DarJoLe for downloading and putting onto Flickr)

STADIUM

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PARKLANDS

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VELODROME

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OLYMPIC VILLAGE

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AQUATICS CENTRE

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BASKETBALL ARENA

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Old February 22nd, 2011, 04:25 PM   #2086
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Now just imagine that scene above in the last photo in a few years when all the trees are green,grown and bushy and hopefully in the bottom where the big warehouse that is the IBC instead there may be an indoor ski slope, just imagine the variety of sports on offer

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Old February 22nd, 2011, 08:00 PM   #2087
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On a hot summer British day after watching some of the Olympic football in the pub having a pint then making your way across to the Olympic village for the Swimming finals or something similar will be an experience like no other. I just know this is going to blow all other olympics out the water. What could be better?
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 11:23 PM   #2088
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Let's hope so; long way to go before we can say that though.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 01:33 AM   #2089
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Olympic update

Populous: Olympic Beach Volleyball Venue


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Populous: Lee Valley White Water Centre

http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com...pload_id=15904
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 01:33 AM   #2090
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Olympic update

ODA: Velodrome
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:31 AM   #2091
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Awesome....

Coool one so much i like it....
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Old February 24th, 2011, 12:48 AM   #2092
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Old February 26th, 2011, 03:12 PM   #2093
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What about this tower?
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Old March 1st, 2011, 12:30 PM   #2094
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2012 story continues......

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Old March 3rd, 2011, 02:06 AM   #2095
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Olympic BMX track construction begins

Construction on the BMX track for the London 2012 Olympic Games is now underway, according to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). The 400-meter track is located next to the Velodrome in the North of Olympic Park and will have 6,000 temporary seats to host the Olympic BMX race in 2012.

The track is a key part of the legacy VeloPark, where the Velodrome and BMX track will be joined by a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course to eventually become one Olympic cycling hub.

"The start of work on the BMX Track is the next piece in the jigsaw of delivering a world-class cycling legacy from the Games. The BMX Track will be a first-class venue for the world's best riders in 2012 and after the Games, the reconfigured course will be a great facility for people of all ages and abilities to try out this exciting and growing sport," said ODA Chairman John Armitt.

The first stage of construction involves the load-in of 14,000 cubic meters of soil, enough to fill three Olympic size swimming pools. The soil will be used to create a series of levels up to 4 meters high upon which the final track surface will be formed by a yet unnamed BMX track designer. Construction of the BMX track is due for completion in summer 2011, with the track to be used for a test event in August.

BMX is the newest Olympic Cycling discipline, introduced at the beijing 2008 Games. At the London 2012 Games, 48 professional BMX racers will compete for men and women's gold medals. The BMX competition will take place over three days at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Following the completion of the Games, the BMX track will be reconfigured to make it suitable for BMX racers of all ages and abilities.
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 11:34 PM   #2096
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is the exterior of the olympic stadium done yet? If it is, thats really depressing. And the aquatics centre, what happened to that part of it that actually made it look good?
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 11:40 PM   #2097
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The Aquatics centre has two temporary "wings" for extra seating during Games time.

As for the stadium, we simply don't know yet; the wrap is up for tender, and I expect we'll hear an announcement in the next couple of months as to how that'll be finished off.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 11:03 AM   #2098
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First London 2012 Olympic rings unveiled

A giant set of Olympic rings has been revealed at St Pancras International station in central London.

The set of rings was unveiled by London Mayor Boris Johnson and London 2012 Chair Sebastian Coe.

Video http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12635821
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Old March 5th, 2011, 02:58 AM   #2099
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The rings are really shining, the perfect match for such a modern station.
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