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Old June 18th, 2011, 12:37 AM   #2361
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Old June 18th, 2011, 01:26 AM   #2362
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Ouch. That "Athlete's Village" looks awfully spartan. Will it become low-income public housing after the games?
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Old June 18th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #2364
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They are not masterpieces but I can't see anything particularly wrong with them either. Yes, they'll be sold as homes after the games.
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Olympic legacy promises to re-define live venue map

Former Wembley Arena general manager Peter Tudor heads Olympic Park refit. The Olympic Park Legacy Company has entrusted the future of a number of London 2012 buildings to a former live music industry executive, paving the way for a significant entertainment presence in the East End of the capital.

Peter Tudor, the former general manager of Wembley Arena and until recently, a senior director at Ticketmaster UK, has been appointed as the legacy company’s director of venues and has been charged with finding long-termuses for a number of key sporting facilities from next year. Tudor told Music Week his remit was to deal with the tenancy of venues including the Aquatics Centre, the Handball Arena and The Orbit – the ornate sculptural tower designed by artist Anish Kapoor.

“The arena will house the Handball tournament during the Olympic Games and the Goalball competition in the Paralympic Games, but afterwards we’re looking to transform it into a 7,500-capacity arena to host live music, sports and other events,” said Tudor.

This could make the arena the third biggest music venue in the capital, behind The O2 arena and Wembley Arena, giving promoters a major new location to add to tour routes. As a former chairman of the National Arenas Association, Tudor is know precisely what it takes to make a venue suitable for multiple use across areas such as entertainment, sports and conferences and exhibitions and if Earls Court is indeed redeveloped for housing, there will also be a big gap in the market for such a facility elsewhere in London.

Tudor also revealed his job with the OPLC could also see some new outdoor entertainment spaces added to London’s Olympic site, as a number of the sporting facilities set for dismantling at the end of the Games will leave large areas of vacant ground that could be shaped into open air venues.

“There will be open spaces where the likes of the basketball arena and the water polo venues currently stand and, although a major part of the legacy plan includes housing on the site, that’s a long-term plan that stretches to 2030, so there are opportunities in the mean time to utilise those spaces,” said Tudor.

“Obviously a lot depends on the planning consents that we get but the outside areas could host festivals for 10,000, 20,000 people or perhaps even more. At the moment the procurement process for the Olympic Park venues is under way and we’re expecting we will appoint operators for the venues by the end of this year,” continued Tudor. “There are also potential naming rights to look at and, of course, there’s the overhaul that some buildings will need to make them suitable for future use, so it’ll be 2013 into 2014 for the reopening of the venues.”

The public sector procurement process prevents OPLC staff from commenting on who has bid to operate the sporting venues after the Games, but it is understood that both AEG and Live Nation have expressed an interest in certain facilities.

Tudor and OPLC will also look at ticketing for the park facilities but because the main aim of the organisation is to make the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park an area that local people can use. He added his immediate priority was to listen to ideas about what exactly the site should offer Londoners in the long term.
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Olympics build-up: 2012 site is full of Eastern promise

The tantalisation that underlies the build-up to London 2012 - the countdown, the ticket lottery, the unveiling of icons like the torch - extends to the site itself. You still can't get onto it unless you are a serious VIP. The intriguing or elegant buildings taking shape in the Olympic Park are glimpsed from trains into Stratford, or from the A12 into London. They may soon be spied from easyJet planes landing at the new Southend International Airport. But right now, having a close look takes effort.

You reach the site from Pudding Mill Lane DLR via twisty corridors of hoardings, guided across busy access roads by security guards. You emerge onto the elevated, flowerbed-dotted foot and cycle path of the Greenway - elevated because it sits on top of a main Thames Water sewer running from north and east London to Beckton. But never mind. Because from this perch, looking over the 20ft razor-wire security fence, the Olympic Park opens up before you.

To the right are the armatures of new luxury developments at Stratford, the Westfield shopping centre and its skeletal car park. Then the swoop of the Aquatic Centre with the added winged banks of seating that its designer, Zaha Hadid, allegedly hates. In the distance are the blocks of the athletes' village, the white, squared-off bubble of the basketball arena and behind it a hint of the graceful parabola of the Velodrome.

The view is dominated, of course, by the huge white cradle of the stadium to the left and, dead centre, the brick-red Arcellormittal Orbit viewing tower. The Anish Kapoor-designed structure, which looked like a mismade balloon animal in early images, is now rising towards its 377ft final height like a giant DNA helix.

Rosie Murdoch, 33, runs the Viewtube, an observation platform, classroom, outdoor gallery and café built out of shipping containers on the Greenway. The tables and chairs are made from the ugly blue barrier that first ringed the Olympic site. The garden was created from timber recycled from the nearby Bryant and May match factory, site of the Match Girls Strike in 1888, and now converted into the gated community of Bow Quarter.

Murdoch, who is employed by the Leaside Regeneration Group, sees the Viewtube as a bridge between the Olympics and the local community. "We get 10,000 visitors a month," she says. "Seventy per cent of them are east Londoners but we are also the new destination for blue-haired tourists after the West End and that big wheel on the South Bank. We've had 12,000 kids through the classroom in the 18 months since we opened. Usain Bolt was here the other day. Eddie Izzard's been in."

There were also 30-odd members of the armed forces outside, for the launch of the Tickets for Troops initiative alongside Lord Coe and Paralympic wheelchair champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. "There'll be 10,000 tickets available for troops: we apply online and our bids go into a ballot box," says Corporal Michael Freeman, 24, of the Second Battalion Princess of Wales Royal Regiment.

He already feels a sense of investment in the Olympics, as the shooting and archery events will take place at his regimental barracks in Woolwich. But it's the first time he's been to the main site as he's just got back from duty in Cyprus. "It looks great, especially the stadium," he says. "West Ham are getting it after the Games, aren't they?" Is he a fan? "Nah, Fulham, me!"

Baroness Grey-Thompson says she last visited the stadium when it was a shell full of mud: "And I don't really do mud, because I tend to sink. But they took us to the start of the 100m running track, and it felt really special even then. Now I think it looks lovely. Cyclists say the Velodrome is the fastest in the world, and they wouldn't say it if they didn't mean it. And it's all gone up so quickly. We should be really proud. We're good in this country at organising stuff, even if we aren't good at boasting about it."

Steven Pepperell, 51, is here with a Year Six class from Bishop John Robinson primary in Greenwich, where he is head of school. He was born nearby, in Poplar, and both his mother and grandmother worked for Bryant and May. "This area had to move on or stagnate," he says. "It's wonderful that the Olympics are coming, regenerating the area and promoting sport for young people."

If you head west along the Greenway, to your left is a vast, cleared tract - formerly a cement works - that will be a warm-up area for athletes. To the right is a pleasant wooden-skinned building which, a Thames Water worker cheerfully explains, is a recycling plant for stuff that's been drained or flushed.

Normally you can turn north, up the footpath by the Hertford Union Canal, to get a closer look at the brutalist metal-clad energy centre which will supply biomass power, heating and cooling to the site, and then walk on past the big ugly backside of the media centre. But a broken water pipe is being replaced, so the path is closed off. The closest you can get to the western edge of the park is Fish Island. This cluster of Victorian buildings and modern warehouses hosts small industrial businesses but also, as three people separately tell me, the largest concentration of artists in Europe, with 600 in around 250 square metres.

Also here is H Forman and Sons, the oldest smoked salmon business in London, and the most vocal of the firms forced to relocate by, and fight for compensation from, the Games. Now owner Lance Forman, 48, speaks as a reluctant convert. He says the Games were "a monster that arrived in our lives in 2003" and that "75 of the 250 businesses forced to relocate haven't made it, and 109 are still fighting for compensation".

But Forman now has a state-of-the-art facility on Fish Island - which hosted the semi-final of the last Celebrity Master-Chef - directly opposite the stadium. When I arrive, they're packing 300 picnics for an Olympic event. They've had Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone, Seb Coe and Kelly Holmes in the restaurant (not at the same time). Forman plans to capitalise on the anticipated delays for guests leaving the site via Stratford by enticing VIPs to stay on Fish Island. He has bought the vacant lot next to his factory and applied to build a temporary hospitality complex on it.

Further down the street but a world away from Forman's polished operation is the Stour Space. This is a not-for profit arts organisation housed in a former "garage, minicab office, prostitutes' headquarters" and run by Rebecca Whyte and her partner Neil McDonald, both 27. They've been working on the building almost as long as builders have been on the Olympic site, three years, and have built exhibition spaces, a café and meeting room. They have mixed feelings about their larger neighbour across the canal, proud of the attention it's drawing to this corner of Hackney Wick but fearful that development will drive out creative enterprises. They talk of hundreds of people displaced by council compulsory purchase orders or by landlords now keen to make a fast buck from their dilapidated buildings.

Whyte and McDonald's ambivalence is echoed by their colleague, charity consultant Juliet Can, 31. Having fled Uganda as a child with her parents, Can grew up in Stratford. At 15, she was chosen as the face of a poster campaign to instil pride in the area: the slogan was "Change at Stratford".

"I think it's great that the area is associated with something as positive as the Olympics," she says. "I just hope existing communities aren't priced out of the area. If they are, when the Olympics ends there'll be nothing here."
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Old June 20th, 2011, 05:28 PM   #2372
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cool DLR goes there! next time i go to stratford
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It's due to open this year. It will be yet another important milestone in the East London.
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Most of the Flickr photos up here have been removed by the owner. Anyway, good progress. So the DLR is like some kind of faster tube system right? less stations, faster transportation kind of idea? What stations are on it besides Stratford? I'm trying to understand the thread in the subways section but there are just too many articles and stuff that I'm just not interested in.
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Most of the Flickr photos up here have been removed by the owner. Anyway, good progress. So the DLR is like some kind of faster tube system right? less stations, faster transportation kind of idea? What stations are on it besides Stratford? I'm trying to understand the thread in the subways section but there are just too many articles and stuff that I'm just not interested in.
Exactly the opposite, the DLR has more stations and is slower. Many Stratford residents are still wondering why the Jubilee tube wasn't extended to serve Stratford International. At least it would a more viable alternative to St. Pancras. As it is there are still no plans for international trains to stop at Stratford International.
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