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Old October 31st, 2011, 01:09 AM   #2641
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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:47 PM   #2642
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Ikea to sell eco-homes for Olympics

You've bought the flat-pack furniture, eaten the Swedish-style meatballs... and now you can live on an Ikea housing estate. The company is building its first British housing development in Stratford beside the Olympic Park, where it plans to turn Londoners into eco-families.

The 1,200-home Strand East development, built around canals by Inter Ikea - the Swedish furniture giant's investment arm - is designed to be a "mini-Venice" with moorings, a water-taxi service and a floating cocktail bar. It will feature a 130ft-tall illuminated wooden tower and form the gateway to the Olympic stadium and the Mayor's "Hubble Bubble" 2012 observation tower, the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

Harald Muller, business development manager at Inter Ikea, said: "It will be the newest and most interesting development in the whole area." The estate will be the antithesis of the converted athletes' village, where it has been claimed properties are so close you can "spit from one balcony to another".

The firm, which reinvests store profits into building projects across Europe, believes its aim of slashing production costs could eventually remove the need for "affordable" homes. About 40 per cent of the properties will be three-bedroom mews homes. Courtyards and a public square will encourage neighbours to interact.

Cars will be parked underground, rubbish will be removed through underground suction tunnels and a water power plant will help to meet energy needs. A school, health surgery and nursery will be built to minimise travel. House prices are not yet known as planning permission has yet to be sought. Demolition work has begun and stage one will see a three-storey restaurant, office block and gallery space open next spring.

Boris Johnson said: "This is yet another great example of the 2012 legacy rippling out of the Olympic Park and across east London." Andrew Lloyd Webber has met Boris Johnson to voice fears that the Olympics will be devastating for theatres as London struggles to cope with so many sports-minded visitors.

Lord Lloyd-Webber is considering closing The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium for two weeks and is in talks with producers of shows at his other venues. The main concern is the city's transport, despite the Mayor being confident that it will cope.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 05:05 PM   #2643
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:58 AM   #2646
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Planting completed on Olympic Park

A two-year planting programme to create the UK's largest new urban park for more than a century on the London 2012 Olympic Park has been completed. Some 250 acres of new parklands has been created from former industrial land by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), providing a colourful atmosphere for the London 2012 Games and beyond.

The BBC's Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins marked the milestone by helping plant an English oak sapling in the Royal Horticultural Society Olympic Park Great British Garden, a riverside garden overlooking the Olympic Stadium.

Rachel Read and 12-year-old Hannah Clegg, who won a London 2012 competition to help design the garden, were also on hand to enjoy the new-look Park.

Chris Collins said: 'Spectators will find it hard not to be blown away next summer as the effort which has been put into creating a diverse and colourful park has really paid off. This area of London is set to become an exciting new destination for families and friends after the Games.'

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The Olympic Parklands contain 4,000 semi-mature trees, over 300,000 wetland plants and more than ten football fields worth of nectar-rich annual and perennial meadows designed and sown to flower during the London 2012 Games.

A riverside London 2012 Garden stretches for half a mile between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium, featuring 120,000 plants from 250 different species across the world, arranged by temperate regions. The parklands area will also become a haven for wildlife and plants, with new habitats created for species including otter, kingfisher, grey heron and water vole.

Olympic Delivery Authority Chairman John Armitt said: 'A new park has been created for London and it is a testament to the hard work and planning that has gone into the initial clean-up process and subsequent planting programme.

'It was a fitting end to the parklands programme that Hannah and Rachel could put the last plant into place.'
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World Athletics Championships 2017: London beats Doha to set up Olympic and World Athletics double

London can look forward to a double helping of world-class track and field action after winning the right to stage the 2017 World Athletics Championships five years after the capital plays host to the Olympic Games.

The London 2017 campaign team, led by Lord Coe, saw off a rival bid from Doha as the ruling council of the International Association of Athletics Federations voted 16 votes to 10 to take its flagship event to the sport’s heartland of western European rather than the virgin territory offered by the Gulf state.

It will be the first time Britain has ever hosted the championships, which is the third largest international sporting event in terms of athlete numbers after the Olympics and the football World Cup. London was awarded the 2005 championships but was forced to pull out after the then Labour government reneged on a promise to build a new stadium at Picketts Lock.

The memory of that embarrassment was evidently forgotten by the 26 voting members of the IAAF council after they received two vastly different bid presentations from the two cities in Monaco.

London’s 45-minute pitch, which was led by Coe in a reprise of his much-praised presentation to the International Olympic Committee in Singapore six years ago, included a video message from David Cameron and speeches from sports minister Hugh Robertson and London mayor Boris Johnson.

Coe said the World Championships would offer "the greatest possible legacy off the back of the Olympics". He joked: "After Singapore I would have given permission for someone to shoot me if I worked on another bid again. But I had an urge to complete unfinished business, to cement the unambiguous vision of connecting and inspiring with the next generation."

Denise Lewis, the 2000 Olympic heptathlon gold medallist, and junior world 100 metres champion Jodie Williams also gave the council an athlete’s perspective on what it would mean for London to be awarded the 2017 championships. "You can see the Olympic Stadium from where I train, it's what inspires me every day," Williams said.

London campaigners had been concerned that the IAAF might be swayed by the financial security offered by Qatar – the gas-rich country had offered to foot the bill for the £5 million prize money at the championships and increased that offer by pledging a further £18 million in sponsorship.

But London sprang its own surprise, promising to match Doha’s £5 million prize money offer and predicting record-breaking commercial revenue for the IAAF if they awarded the city the championships.

There were other trump cards, too. Among their most persuasive arguments was the promise of sell-out, knowledgeable crowds, a mature commercial market to keep the IAAF's sponsors happy and an athlete-friendly climate compared to the searing heat of Doha.

Niels de Vos, chief executive of UK Athletics, described athletics as a "national passion" in Britain, witnessed by the record-breaking demand for athletics tickets at London 2012 Olympics. He said the championships would deliver a new record for commercial revenue, citing $1bn raised by 2012.

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London 2012: Coe backs chemical firm Dow's connection

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has defended the role of chemical company Dow in providing a fabric wrap around the Olympic Stadium in east London.

There are concerns in India over the company's links to the firm behind the Bhopal gas leak disaster in 1984.

Now a cross-party group of UK MPs is launching a campaign to raise concerns over the London 2012 connection.

Dow stepped in to fund the wrap after it was dropped to save £7m from the stadium construction costs.

In 1999, Dow merged with the Union Carbide Corporation, whose subsidiary Union Carbide India, ran the Bhopal pesticide plant - the site of one of the world's worst industrial disasters which had led to the death of thousands of people in the previous decade.

Lord Coe told the Culture, Media and Sport Committee that he was satisfied, "that at no time did Dow operate, own or were involved with the plant either at the time of the [1984] disaster or crucially at the time of the full and final settlement.

"The Indian Supreme Court has upheld on two previous occasions the settlement that was reached by the previous owners of that plant."

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Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz and former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell have raised their concerns to Lord Coe.

And some 21 Indian Olympic athletes have called for the Dow sponsorship for the stadium to be ditched.

But Lord Coe added: "I am satisfied that the ownership, operation and the involvement either at the time of the disaster or at the final settlement was not the responsibility of Dow."

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Dow, the world's second largest chemical manufacturer, will be allowed to advertise on the 336 panels on the new stadium wrap, until a month before the games open next year.

The company is working on a plan to reuse the panels when the games finish.

Dow has not put a figure to the cost of making and sponsoring the wrap, which is made from polyester and polyethylene. The wrap will encircle the venue, spanning the sides from concourse level to the top tier of seating.

Each panel of the wrap is 25m high by 2.5m wide. They are being manufactured at a US plant in Seattle and will be installed around the stadium's metal skeleton early in 2012.

Dow will be able to brand the wrap with sponsorship until 26 June 2012, when its logo will be removed from the surface due to the International Olympic Committee's insistence on venues being "clean" from advertising during the Games.
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London 2012: big sporting events mean game on for sponsorship tenders

Management consultants have a long association with leading sporting events, both as sponsors and contractors. But they have their sights set on ex*tending their involvement from organising committees to other stakeholders.

Sponsorship of a large sporting event can cost tens of millions of pounds, usually comprising a mixture of cash, reduced rates, employee secondments and consultancy hours. But it generates big benefits in market positioning, branding, employee engagement, recruitment and customer relationships.

Rob Price, managing partner at Atos Consulting, says: “It is a global market that requires mobility and insight into the impact of different approaches, cultures and politics.” He adds: “Big sports events often occur where similar events have not been hosted before. Consultants can provide global continuity and insight. They have a key role to play at the outset of the project, to define a brief that will meet the needs of the [athletes], spectators, media and organisers.”

Staging such an event is, however, a complex process, involving a number of stakeholders beyond the organising committee, such as city and national governments and agencies and infrastructure organisations – and all of them need advice.

Tendering is competitive, but the professional services sponsor is well positioned to win the work.

Atos Origin sponsors the International Olympic Committee on an continuing basis, through systems integration and operations management. This put the firm in a strong position to win a tender to define an information technology strategy for CLM, the consortium managing the construction of the London 2012 games venues on behalf of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Deloitte is the official professional services provider to London 2012, a tier that typically contributes £20m- £30m ($32m-$48m). The firm expects to provide 750,000 hours and 136 secondments, including supplying the financial director.

This follows the firm’s sponsorship of the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Singapore Youth Olympics in 2010, and numerous World Cups and other events around the world.

Deloitte has won 2012-related contracts with the British Olympic Association, the Greater London Authority, the Government Olympic Executive, the Olympic Park Legacy Company and others.

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London expects its Olympic Park to be a top tourist destination after the 2012 Games.The ArcelorMittal Orbit, an eye-catching steel tower in the 2.5-square-km park in east London, will function as both a sightseeing attraction and a hospitality space after the Games.

It will host a variety of events such as filming, wedding and corporate hospitality, according to the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC).
Built near the main stadium of the 2012 Games, the 115-meter-high tower was designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor and his design partner Cecil Balmond. It's an attention grabber, resembling a combination of a roller coaster, DNA helixes and a giant dancing lobster.

Visitors will be able to take an elevator to two viewing platforms, which will offer a birds-eye view of the main stadium and the city. They can then walk down the spiraling staircase that goes around the tower to the base, which is an exhibition space.

The tower is named after ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company that paid around 19 million pounds ($30 million) of the 22-million-pound project. The rest was funded by the London Development Agency.
The tower has reached its full height. The final steel ring was put into place in late October.

The park also has nine sporting venues. Construction has been completed on five of them, including the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome, Handball Arena and Basketball Arena, said John Evans, head of communications, the Olympic Delivery Authority.

The media centers in the park are also finished, and the remaining sites, such as the Olympic Village, are set to be completed early next year, Evans said.
The park is expected to be one of the top 10 tourist destinations in London by 2020. OPLC predicts that 9.3 million visitors from the UK and abroad will visit the park each year beginning in 2016.
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Not sure how to post these photo's on the forum guys.

Some interesting happenings in the stadium though!
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I don't get it...wasn't the Olympic tournament supposed to take place at the All England Club....???
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I don't get it...wasn't the Olympic tournament supposed to take place at the All England Club....???
Maybe this is for paraolympians ?

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