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Old May 14th, 2011, 01:45 AM   #2261
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Old May 14th, 2011, 02:32 PM   #2262
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Not a fan of the handball arena seats
They do this because some games could lack of spectators, when you got colored seats like this, it's less shocking when you watch TVs.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 03:36 PM   #2263
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This venue is not insanely large, so I doubt they'll have problems getting it full.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 05:25 PM   #2264
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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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Old May 14th, 2011, 09:48 PM   #2265
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i love it! lets hope they keep it after the games
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Old May 15th, 2011, 04:02 PM   #2267
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The presence of good quality office space is essential in attracting businesses. It can't be just a residential neighbourhood in the future, strong economic activity in the area is just as vital.
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Old May 17th, 2011, 01:49 PM   #2270
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the main stadium is a disaster.......
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Old May 17th, 2011, 10:31 PM   #2271
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Old May 18th, 2011, 08:40 AM   #2272
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Not a fan of the handball arena seats

I'm guaranteed to look at the seats than watch the game. Very distracting.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 09:12 AM   #2273
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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.


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Olympic velodrome in race for building of the year prize

The velodrome for the 2012 Olympics, nicknamed the giant Pringle for its crisp-like curves, is in the running to be named building of the year after picking up a design award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The 6,000-seat building, completed in February, is the first construction at the £9bn Olympic park in east London to be granted an award by RIBA.

The creators, Hopkins Architects, were advised by Sir Chris Hoy, the multiple gold-medal winning track cyclist, and the award looks set to be the first of many for the park. The 80,000-seat main stadium has already been applauded for its simplicity, and, meanwhile, the aquatics centre, designed by Zaha Hadid, is still being built, and a giant viewing-platform, designed by Anish Kappor to resemble a twisted roller-coaster, is halfway to completion.

The RIBA's long list, for contenders for the £20,000 prestigious Stirling prize, includes the velodrome, a project led by Sir Michael Hopkins, who designed Portcullis House in Westminster. On the list of 97 buildings granted RIBA awards is the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, refurbished and rebuilt by Bennetts Associates; the Evelyn Grace city academy in Lambeth, London, designed by Hadid; and the Faustiono winery in the Ribero del Duero region in Spain, designed by Foster and Partners.

An elegant but austere pavilion cafe, designed by Caruso St John Architects, in the grounds of Chiswick House, the 18th-century neo-Palladian villa in west London, is one of the smallest projects but is being tipped by some for a place on the RIBA shortlist.

The president of the institute, Ruth Reed, said the list illustrated the health of British architecture in spite of the recession hitting construction. In August 2009 about 30% of architects were without jobs or enough work to keep busy, according to the institute, and about 4,000 architects were made redundant. "In spite of a terrible worldwide recession many exceptional buildings have been and continue to be built in the UK and overseas," said Reed. "Even in constrained times committed clients working with talented architects can achieve architectural excellence."

However, so thin have the opportunities been in the UK that some of British architecture's biggest names only won prizes for projects in Europe. Last year's Stirling Prize winner, David Chipperfield, won awards for a shopping centre in Innsbruck and a museum in Essen, but nothing for a building in the UK.

The legacy of Labour's education building programme continued to be rewarded with 14 schools and nine university buildings granted awards. An architectural experiment by the writer Alain de Botton was recognised, with prizes for two private holiday homes he commissioned and which he lets through his group, Living Architecture.

One of the homes is a tar-black house with a concrete and wood interior designed by the Glasgow firm Nord Architecture and set on the shingle beach of Dungeness, in Kent, near the home of the late film-maker Derek Jarman. The second is a balancing barn in Suffolk, by the Dutch practice MVRDV, which cantilevers unnervingly off a hillside. The homes offer people the chance to experience cutting-edge architecture – though a week in the balancing barn in September costs £2,604.
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Inside Westfield Stratford City: Europe's largest shopping centre

The countdown has begun in earnest to the Olympic games in June next year, but another key deadline is closer. In just four months' time the first tills will be ringing in the rather grandly titled Westfield Stratford City – the £1.45bn shopping complex which will be the largest urban shopping centre in Europe, as well as the gateway to London's Olympic Park.

When the Guardian visited on a warm May morning it was hard to believe there are only four months to go before the full opening of the complex – comprising a retail area of 1.9 million sq ft and with offices planned – because behind the scenes it is still a noisy building site. In that time a 7,000-strong army of shop fitters will deck out the 300 retail units and restaurants before the official opening and ribbon-cutting on 13 September.

What is being described as the UK's last "mega mall" is a crucial part of the Olympic "legacy" development built to provide housing and other facilities for the longer term on former industrial wasteland in east London. Unlike many of the new buildings on the site it will remain long after the last of the Olympic athletes have packed up their tracksuits and headed home.

But even in London most people are blissfully unaware of the project's scale. Only the distinctive glass-fronted facade of the completed four-storey John Lewis store – the only department store on the site – gives a hint of the retail facilities taking shape. Cynics may say the design seems to have been planned to ensnare visitors by tempting them into the shops at the first opportunity. The London Organising Committee (Locog) expects 70% of those visiting the park for Olympic events to arrive by foot at either Stratford Regional station or Stratford International station. On the busiest days this could be as many as 360,000 visitors.

They will either walk straight into the development across the distinctive Corten steel pedestrian walkway over the railway – rather unimaginatively dubbed the "town centre link" – or use the tunnel beneath, emerging in a new ticket hall constructed under Marks & Spencer. They will then be channelled through Westfield and past John Lewis before arriving at the security gates for the Olympics. There are 5,000 parking spaces for the shopping centre, but visitors are being encouraged to use public transport if possible.

Westfield Stratford City – the latest project by Australian giant Westfield – will be anchored by John Lewis, Waitrose (in the basement of John Lewis) and Marks & Spencer. John Burton, director of Westfield Stratford City, explains that John Lewis's early commitment to what will be its first new London store in 20 years, was "a major coup" crucial in encouraging other retailers to commit to the site.

It is also set to change the dynamic of shopping in this rather unloved and unfashionable part of London, attracting shoppers from the affluent, leafy suburbs of Essex and Kent as well as those living in the densely populated, inner city streets of the City and the East End. Locals who favour the long-standing, if tired, facilities on their doorsteps – the existing indoor centres at Stratford and Romford – are understandably concerned that such a massive development could suck the life out of them. Westfield says the project will contribute significantly to the local economy, with the creation of up to 8,500 permanent jobs. Perhaps the government's newly appointed "high street tsar" Mary Portas should pay a visit. This week she was asked to investigate ways to prevent the decline of the high street.

Although Westfield's first London mega mall in Shepherd's Bush has so far had limited impact on nearby centres such as Hammersmith, critics say complexes such as Meadowhall outside Sheffield have hit nearby centres like Rotherham. Meadowhall recently celebrated its 20th birthday, but in the same month Rotherham was named in a BBC study as the town with the highest number of vacant shops in Yorkshire. Nearly one in three of its shops were boarded up or have "to let" signs. Matthew Hopkinson, from surveyors the Local Data Company, told the Rotherham Advertiser: "Rotherham's problem is that it sits right in the shadow of Meadowhall."

Property Week magazine recently reported that: "There is a shadow cast by Westfield Stratford where retailers may continue to wait to see the impact of the scheme on surrounding centres including Romford and Ilford."

The Stratford complex was actually planned long before London won the prized Olympic bid. And for John Lewis there is a touch of serendipity. Its property director, Jeremy Collins, says the chain had had its eye on east London in its longer-term planning for major new stores for some time: "Our stores in London were all skewed to the west – Oxford Street, Peter Jones, Kingston, Brent Cross. And when we did our analysis it became clear the only direction London could go was eastwards. We were in the process of making a decision when it was announced that London would host the 2012 Olympic Games, so it all worked out very well."

As well as the hordes visiting the Olympics, the development will have a longer-term catchment of more than 4 million people within 45 minutes' travelling time of the complex. Convenience will be a crucial factor. Although three car parks will cater for drivers – the complex will pick up the south end of the important M11 corridor – a large proportion of shoppers are likely to take advantage of the numerous public transport links which the developers hope will make it one of the top 10 shopping destinations in the UK.

Stratford is poised to be one of the country's five main transport hubs, with tube connections via the Central and Jubilee lines, along with local rail services and mainline services to the Docklands Light Railway, and (eventually) Crossrail and a seven-minute shuttle train journey to the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International.

Burton is furious about Eurostar's decision to not stop international trains at Stratford in either direction – making the station's "International" tag redundant – and necessitating a change at either St Pancras or Ebbsfleet.

With the nearest big shopping centres being Bluewater in Kent, Thurrock Lakeside in Essex and Brent Cross, Collins believes the north-east quadrant of London has traditionally been under-served by retail developments. The construction of both the Olympic Park and the shopping complex make up the regeneration of one of London's poorest areas. Collins insists the demographics here are different and that, even with the ongoing consumer recession, there is a lot of money to be spent: "There is a high proportion of upwardly mobile young professional people in artistic and creative jobs. They may be pre-kids, with money to spend on fashion, homewear and electronics. They are likely to live in flats rather than houses. And they certainly have money to spend."

So what will the shopping experience offer? Traditional shopping centre and high street names such as Topshop New Look, Next and Primark will join upmarket international brands such as Reiss, Kurt Geiger, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Hollister, Nike, Forever 21, Uniqlo and Superdry.

There are 300 retail units to fill, of which more than 80% have so far been let. John Lewis is promising some dramatic new concepts, with more than 70% of the store showcasing new features. When the shopping gets too tiring refreshment beckons from a choice of 50 outlets, and it is rumoured that Jamie Oliver may open a restaurant. A fresh food market is also promised.

There will be three hotels: a Premier Inn and Holiday Inn as well as a complex of executive suites offering more than 600 bedrooms. Large screens are displayed along the main walkways which will show the main sporting events – ideal for those wanting the Olympic experience but who have not managed to get tickets.

There will also be a 17-screen Vue Cinema and a 65,000 sq ft casino, which will be run by Damian Aspinall. "Aspers" will boast a spectacular viewing room and balcony overlooking the Olympic Park – perfect for drowning your sorrows after losing on the tables.
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