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Old April 4th, 2008, 11:27 PM   #341
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Other than Paris or perhaps BA, which are incomparable (i won't talk about smaller beautiful cities b/c they are in a different class), London is up there with the most beautiful Large/World cities. If you compare it to other cities of similar size and function (alpha cities) you will see that it has much architectural beauty and usually beats them. I suppose if you are talking about setting, you might say it wasn't beautiful, but in man-made stuff its up there.
Shanghai may give it a run though.. What alpha/world cities magellan are more beautiful than London IYO? I can't think of many -- are you thinking Shanghai, HK, Beijing, LA, NY, Singapore, Sydney, Mumbai, Guagzhou, Milan, Sampa

Is that smog or fog in those pics?

I know many people who think Beijing and HK are far more beautiful than London, but I don't see it myself -- perhaps a cultural thing give they are chinese.
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Old April 5th, 2008, 01:49 PM   #342
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China reports on 2012 Games

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2012 games venues construction to begin
Source: CCTV.com
04-05-2008 13:13
Special Report: 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

The next Olympic city London says that the Olympic Park area has been cleaned and is now ready for the start of construction, which is scheduled to start in May.

Hundreds of buildings have been demolished and thousands of tons of contaminated soil cleaned away to prepare the platform for the venues for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Workers have lowered the ground levels by nine meters to create the sunken area for the track and permanent lower tiers of seating.

The site will now be handed over to Team Stadium, and the preparatory work and mobilization can begin. This includes creating access roads for construction vehicles, final investigations for the start of piling work and moving the team to the site.

Preperation for the 2012 games is going to plan for the organisers
of the next games in London

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Old April 7th, 2008, 01:22 PM   #343
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New Amsterdam! Rivers and Canals restored

To carry up to 1.75 million tonnes of construction materials to the Olympic sites.

Two new wharves will be constructed on the Bow Back Rivers within the Olympic Park, and the vessels will also be unloaded by crane.

The first of the 21-tonne sluice gates has now been lifted into position next to the lock site, on the Prescott Channel near Bromley-by-Bow. Later this month the 17-tonne lock gates will also be lifted in.

For British Waterways it is the fulfilment of hopes which originated before London got the Olympics - and whose long-term effects are meant to last long after 2012.

The Olympics have the potential to act as a catalyst to lift the game on the £20bn of development that will take place down the valley over the next 20 years.

Turn round the fortunes of the Lower Lea Valley and build what we called the Water City - a practical vision that would use many miles of waterways in the Lower Lea Valley to lift land values and once again drive the economy of east London.



from the bbc> full article read here>

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7307252.stm
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Old April 7th, 2008, 03:21 PM   #344
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beuatiful games, beautiful venue, awful logo
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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:16 PM   #345
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The Olympic Delivery Authority Press release today

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today that contracts have been signed with British companies for the construction of the two flagship 2012 venues, the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre.

Discussions are also at an advanced stage on the Velodrome with a construction contractor due to be appointed in the next few weeks.

Balfour Beatty has won the contract to build the Aquatics Centre and ‘Team Stadium’ (Sir Robert McAlpine, HOK Sport and Buro Happold) were also confirmed as the contractor for the Olympic Stadium.

The ODA also confirmed the level of public sector investment for the Aquatics Centre and the VeloPark, including the Velodrome.


Budgets confirmed within ODA baseline budget
Both budgets include the contract price, allowance for inflation, VAT and legacy conversion costs. All of the published venue budgets are within the ODA’s baseline budget of £6.090bn, published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) last December, with no call on programme contingency at this stage.

Aquatics Centre:located in the south of the Olympic Park the Aquatics Centre will be the main ‘Gateway into the Games’, hosting Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo finals and the swimming element of the Modern Pentathlon during the Olympic Games. For the Paralympic Games it will host the swimming events. The iconic venue is being designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid and will be built by Balfour Beatty, whose previous projects have included University College Hospital London, Birmingham New Hospital and the new airport terminal at Chek Lap Kok in Hong Kong.

The Aquatics Centre will have a capacity of 17,500 during the Games, reducing to 2,500 in legacy with the ability to increase this for major events, and provide two 50m swimming pools and a diving pool, facilities that London does not have at present. Work is on track to start by the Beijing Games and be complete in 2011.

The contract for the construction of the Aquatics Centre and the huge land-bridge that will be the main gateway into the Park during the games and legacy have been procured together and Balfour Beatty will build both elements.

The budget for the Aquatics Centre is £242m and the budget for the land-bridge that will also form part of the roof of the venue is £61m. The total of £303m has not changed throughout the procurement process and is within the ODA’s Baseline Budget as announced by DCMS last December.

Olympic Stadium:hosting the track and field events as well as the Opening and Closing ceremonies, the 80,000 seat Olympic Stadium is being designed and built by a world-class consortium, ‘Team Stadium’, whose previous projects have included the Arsenal Football Stadium and the Telstra Stadium in Sydney. The ODA have been working with Team Stadium for over a year and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with them last July.

In legacy, the Stadium will reduce to a capacity of 25,000, retaining the capacity to host a variety of sporting, educational, cultural and community events with athletics as its core use. The ODA confirmed recently that construction on the Olympic Stadium will start three months early, in May.

The budget for the Olympic Stadium of £496m was published in October last year.

VeloPark: In Games-time the Velopark will include a 6,000 seat Olympic/Paralympic Velodrome to host the Olympic and Paralympic indoor track cycling events; and an Olympic BMX Circuit. In legacy, further facilities will be added alongside the Velodrome and BMX circuit to create a community cycling ‘hub’ including a one-mile Road Cycle Circuit, a Mountain Bike Course and a cycle speedway course. The legacy VeloPark will be operated by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA).

The budget for the Velopark including all the elements above and the legacy conversion costs is £80m. A contractor is due to be announced for the Velodrome in the coming weeks and construction is due to start in 2009.

Discussions on the Olympic Village and IBC/MPC are also at an advanced stage with work to clear the sites progressing well.

Announcing the contract awards, ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: 'This is great news for the project and good news for world class British companies with so many UK firms involved. With these contracts signed there is a real sense of momentum as we approach the ‘Big Build’ ahead of schedule.

'All of these venues will not only provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Games in the summer of 2012 but also provide permanent legacy facilities for elite and community use long after the Games have gone. They are a huge investment in the future of this part of east London - approximately 75p of every pound we spend is delivering a clear legacy benefit for many years after 2012.

'At this stage we have not had to allocate any programme contingency. As we have stated many times in the last year we fully expect to do so as we manage costs going forward.'

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said:

“This is an important milestone met and illustrates that the project remains firmly on track. The Aquatics Centre and Stadium will be the showcase venues for 2012 and I am delighted that British companies will build them.

'This demonstrates the strength of our construction industry and bodes well for UK businesses winning yet more of the £6bn worth of contracts between now and 2012.'

London 2012 Organising Committee Chairman Sebastian Coe said: 'This is the year of the ‘Big Build’ on the Olympic Park – the year that construction starts in earnest and a new urban park in London starts to take shape with sport at its heart. In four years time London will have a world class Aquatics Centre, a state of the art VeloPark and a new athletics Stadium, providing much needed facilities for London and the south east. These facilities will be at the heart of a wonderful summer of sport in 2012, and for elite and community use for many generations. I hope that this will inspire more people to take up sport and that it will lead to more British medal successes in the years to come.'

Richard Rogers, Chief advisor to the Mayor of London on Architecture and Urbanism and a member of CABE’s 2012 Review Panel said: 'Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre is likely to be the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Olympic Park for the next century. Its elegant and sinuous design in legacy mode maintains many of the qualities of the original scheme that was developed in a design competition which I co-chaired a few years ago.

'I applaud the design team’s ability to create a highly functional and beautiful building of an appropriate scale and size for a legacy facility of this type. I completely endorse ODA’s strategy that any extra facilities - such as the temporary seating wings for the Olympics - should be removed after the Games, leaving a well-balanced and proportioned structure that works well with its context overlooking the Olympic Park for years to come. I am convinced that new scheme provides exceptional value-for-money for a building of international stature.'

Ian Tyler, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, said: 'We are delighted to have reached agreement to proceed with the construction of the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, which will be at the gateway to the Olympic Park site and an important legacy for London.

'The project represents a unique challenge which will call on a wide range of Balfour Beatty’s skills in programme and project management, civil engineering, building, electrical and mechanical and other services.

'We look forward to delivering this iconic facility and to continuing our long-term work in creating a better London.'

Tony Aikenhead, Project Director for Team Stadium, said: 'We are delighted to have signed the contract to help deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Stadium. We have been working closely with the ODA and their delivery partner CLM on the design of this exciting project for some time from our shared offices at Canary Wharf and we are now moving to the site to continue working on the centrepiece of the 2012 Games.'

Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate and a member of the ODA Board said: 'The London 2012 Aquatics Centre will be an outstanding new landmark for London, providing greatly needed sports facilities for East London in a striking building. It will provide a spectacular entrance to the Olympic Park during the Games and inspire a thriving and exciting urban waterfront on the edge of the Park in legacy.'

Ricky Burdett, the ODA’s Chief advisor on Architecture and Urbanism said: 'The Aquatics Centre has undergone a rigorous process of design rationalisation to meet changing functional requirements. Zaha Hadid’s design team has shown exceptional creativity in developing new solutions that keep the spirit and dynamism of the early competition scheme. The swimming and diving pool complex will have a dramatic, spacious curved interior that will create a special experience for swimmers and visitors alike. After the Games, when the structure will be ‘retrofitted’ to its legacy mode, the building will make a strong mark on the landscape, with its curvilinear forms and glazed facades acting as visual gateway to and from the Olympic Park from Stratford.'
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Old April 13th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #346
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Australia already has gold at London 2012

Austrade's London-based Senior Trade Commissioner Kylie Hargreaves said for some Australian companies the 2012 Olympic race has already been run and won, with over a dozen Australian businesses securing lucrative deals.
"We've seen strong early results from Australia's leading infrastructure companies, architects and security specialists, which prepares the ground nicely for other Australian firms looking to follow suit," Kylie Hargreaves said.


The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) estimate that at least 50,000 individual contracts – and possibly as many as 75,000 – will be entered into to stage the event.


"The international reputation in staging and managing sporting events Australia achieved through the globally acknowledged success of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup 2003, places Australian businesses in good stead to continue securing deals. This can only be helped by Australia's contribution to high profile Beijing 2008 Olympics projects," Ms Hargreaves said.


One example is Canberra's ExSport Management. Brendan Lynch of ExSport Management previously managed the delivery of 60,000 volunteers for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics. ExSport Management will provide advisory services to LOCOG on the Volunteer Program for both the London Olympics and Paralympics.


"The success of ExSport Management demonstrates the diverse range of opportunities available through the 2012 Games. Services in areas such as training and sports management, where Australia has a proven track record, are also in demand," Ms Hargreaves said.


Australian companies who have also achieved London 2012 deals include HOK Sports Architecture, PTW Architects, Sinclair Knight Merz, Westfield, Lend Lease, and Hyder Consulting. Melbourne-based architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall have also secured a place on the approved architect's panel for the Olympic Village.
London 2012 needs the help of the Sydney 2000 games to stage a successful
event.

Gateway to the 2012games

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Old April 13th, 2008, 02:46 PM   #347
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Austrade's London-based Senior Trade Commissioner Kylie Hargreaves said for some Australian companies the 2012 Olympic race has already been run and won, with over a dozen Australian businesses securing lucrative deals.
"We've seen strong early results from Australia's leading infrastructure companies, architects and security specialists, which prepares the ground nicely for other Australian firms looking to follow suit," Kylie Hargreaves said.


The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) estimate that at least 50,000 individual contracts – and possibly as many as 75,000 – will be entered into to stage the event.


"The international reputation in staging and managing sporting events Australia achieved through the globally acknowledged success of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup 2003, places Australian businesses in good stead to continue securing deals. This can only be helped by Australia's contribution to high profile Beijing 2008 Olympics projects," Ms Hargreaves said.


One example is Canberra's ExSport Management. Brendan Lynch of ExSport Management previously managed the delivery of 60,000 volunteers for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics. ExSport Management will provide advisory services to LOCOG on the Volunteer Program for both the London Olympics and Paralympics.


"The success of ExSport Management demonstrates the diverse range of opportunities available through the 2012 Games. Services in areas such as training and sports management, where Australia has a proven track record, are also in demand," Ms Hargreaves said.


Australian companies who have also achieved London 2012 deals include HOK Sports Architecture, PTW Architects, Sinclair Knight Merz, Westfield, Lend Lease, and Hyder Consulting. Melbourne-based architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall have also secured a place on the approved architect's panel for the Olympic Village.
London 2012 needs the help of the Sydney 2000 games to stage a successful
event.

Gateway to the 2012games
oh dear. another multiplex in the making.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #348
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There was an interesting conversation on another greek forum.

Which basicly was summerized into:

"no parthenon marbles returned, no olympic flame for London 2012 olympics"

Which is really worring since, it seems that most of the greek comunity on that forum, tend to agree.

What would happen if the greek goverment, would take that stance?
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Old April 13th, 2008, 05:36 PM   #349
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There was an interesting conversation on another greek forum.

Which basicly was summerized into:

"no parthenon marbles returned, no olympic flame for London 2012 olympics"
Great idea, IMO. The british cowboys have to understand that they must not keep treasures illegaly taken from Greece.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 05:56 PM   #350
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It is a quite stupid idea and of course this is not going to happen.

Yes, we want them back and hope that the 2012 Olympics will be a good reason for the return of the parthenon marbles to Athens. Even in UK the supporters for a return are getting more... That would be fantastic and would make the London 2012 Olympic Games extremely special, unique.
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Anthony, ODA Filming Manager, 11 Apr 2008
After the heady heights of last week's aerial photos blog, this is the latest weekly update from me on the changing views across the Park. Read on for the latest views from the Aquatics Centre site and the Olympic Stadium bowl, which will contain the lower permanent tiers of seating and track.


1) In this panoramic you can see both the Stadium and Aquatics Centre sites and to the far right of the image you can also see Stratford International Station. During the Games a walkway and bridge will link the station to the Stadium:

Stadium-and-Aquatics-Centre

2) After months of digging out and treating the contaminated soil, this is the latest overview of the Aquatics Centre site. On the left of the image, the widening of the Waterworks River walls is in progress:

Soil-on-Aquatics

3) Along the Waterworks River, 650 metres of new river wall piling has been completed and now the old concrete walls are being demolished:

Waterworks

4) A view down the Waterworks River with both old and new riverbanks in place. The picture shows just how much wider the river will be once this work is complete - about eight metres:

Riverbanks

5) The widened Waterworks River will be a stunning feature and natural habitat for wildlife. Its location, adjacent to the Aquatics Centre, puts it right in the heart of the Park:

Widened-river

6) In this image, looking across the Waterworks River, the immense Stadium bowl dominates the landscape:

Trains-and-Stadium

7) This is the Stadium site looking straight into the bowl. This will house the lower seating which has been designed to bring spectators close to the action. I can't believe it will never be seen quite as empty as this again!:

Stadium-site

8) Members of the construction team play 'guess the height' of the test piling rig (this allows them to find out what the ground conditions are like before construction begins). With the site dug and levelled the construction of the Stadium is now due to start three months early at the end of May:



Also, update on the logo, the so called 'clear' version:
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Yeah, it's only clear for when you want to put it on a coloured background- it's supposed to be an .eps file for photoshop.
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Also, update on the logo, the so called 'clear' version:
Lisa Simpson lost her colours??
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the lisa simpson joke died long ago..
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the lisa simpson joke died long ago..


It never does dear....it never does.
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Its pretty immature if you ask me.
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Its pretty immature if you ask me.
Say it to the creators of this logo instead of the forumers who just laugh with it.
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you mean a few forumers most people now have warmed to the logo it's not boring like the other more traditional logo's but.This topic is more than just about a logo anyway it's the olympic park we should be talking about.
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The logo looks even worse without colors. Hopefully London will prove to be a great host so the logo failure will be forgotten
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The logo 'failure'? The logo has been very successful at its job thank you very much.
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