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Old September 20th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #1301
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A couple of shots of the model from the tour I went on today below. Lovely people who put up with a lot of geeky questioning from yours truly. So, some titbits!

The wrap artwork is yet to be finalised, they are still 'in discussion' about having it animated, but the ODA guy I spoke to one on one said it was 'highly unlikely' given the budget constraints. It will be one of the last pieces of the stadium to be fitted.

The seats will be both black and white, randomly coloured, but with more black seats closer to the track and white at the top (as you can see in the model).

Had an interesting indepth discussion about the compression ring and how it works, the ring will be built from pre-made segments shipping in, and will be constructed inside the stadium (on top of those wooden pallets that have appeared around the upper tier) and then hoisted in one go upwards before being secured with the cables to the crown. The lighting rigs will then be hoisted upwards by the cranes and placed on top, before the fabric membrane is then rolled out around the stadium. in essence, the compression ring is being held up by the tightness of the crown.

The lighting rigs are the traingular shape and taller than the stadium to reduce glare on TV cameras inside the stadium.

There is zero design or plans for the design of the stadium in legacy mode. If nothing is planned and stadium is not bought or has no specific use after the Games, the ODA will remove everything above the concrete podium level, pods and furniture et al, and either ship those parts to whoever wants to buy it, or scrap the whole lot. There is no plans to restring or rehang the roof over the permanent bowl after the games, in essence, all that will be left is the bowl.

The ceremony guidewires are to hold up spotlights and speakers into the centre of the stadium as well as having the possibility of being used by performers in the ceremony itself.

There is a moat around the stadium, but only in sections and is to be used by the press.

There is no 'secret' underground box or anything under the pitch or anything lower than the ground level, as has been said before because of the high water table.

The ODA is highly unlikely to agree to have the stadium as a world cup venue, or leave the stadium in games mode longterm. Hypothetically if it were to happen, the structures won't degrade or are not of a short lifespan that parts will need to replaced if it is still standing in 2018.

There is another stadium size running track underneath the podium, which can be used by athletes in increment weather for training, and will remain after the Games. The outdoor training track to the southern side of the Greenway will be linked via a bridge which will go into the stadium under the podium.

Spectators won't be allowed to onto the section of the podium which runs by the VIP area, and are unlikely to be allowed onto the towpaths of the canal by the stadium.

There is still no specific plans for the location or design of the torch/cauldron/flame whatever you want to call it, but various ideas have come forward to possibly 're-invent' the notion of the torch itself with the IOC onboard, and there has been early discussion about having some kind of a 'mobile' or moveable torch that may not stay in the same place throughout the duration of the Games.

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thanks for the update! amazing.
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Lovely shots. It's great to see it being put together.
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Old October 1st, 2009, 10:27 PM   #1304
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Things are moving along at a rapid rate. My favourite touch is are the pods Well done London.
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Old October 1st, 2009, 10:30 PM   #1305
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This area really needed a regeneration project and it's getting one thanks to the Olympics!
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 05:56 AM   #1306
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Old October 8th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #1307
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Old October 11th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #1308
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London 2012 Velodrome races ahead as North-West steel helps structure take shape
8 October 2009
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New images released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today show the construction of the London 2012 Velodrome racing ahead with work well underway on the structural steelwork that will help form the distinct double-curved shape of the venue.

The 6,000 seat Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling events in 2012. The Velodrome design features a lower tier of 3,500 seats and an upper tier of 2,500 seats with the seating tiers divided by a 360 degree concourse level offering views over the Olympic Park and out to the London skyline.

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Construction work on the Velodrome began on schedule in March and the 360 degree concourse level is now nearing completion. Work is also now well underway to lift the first sections of structural steelwork into place to form the Velodrome roof structure and support the upper tiers of seating.

More than 2,500 sections of steelwork will be installed altogether to complete the roof structure and upper tier of the Velodrome. The steelwork sections rise in height by 12 metres from the shallowest point to the highest part of the structure, helping form the distinct double-curved roof structure which has been designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track.

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At the track level of the venue, several sections of steelwork have already been installed in the lower tier of seating with the first pre-cast concrete terracing units now in place. Work on the steelwork that will support the cycling track is also now underway and due to be completed early next month.

Bolton-based company Watsons Steel is supplying the fabricated steel for Velodrome structure to the construction contractor in a deal worth over £3m.

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ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: 'The Velodrome will be another landmark new venue in the Olympic Park and with work underway on the structural steelwork we can begin to see the striking architecture of the Velodrome take shape. The good progress we are making on site keeps us on track to deliver a world-class stage for elite athletes in 2012 and the legacy of first-class facilities for a new generation of cyclists.

'Steel fabricated in the North West is playing an essential role in shaping the Velodrome and demonstrates the role that companies across the UK are playing in helping deliver the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Games.'

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After the 2012 Games, the legacy Velodrome will be used by elite athletes and the local community and will include a café, bike hire and cycle workshop facilities. A road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added to the Velodrome and BMX circuit to create a legacy VeloPark that will combine cycling facilities across all disciplines in one cycling ‘hub’.

The legacy VeloPark will be owned, funded and operated by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. The construction of the VeloPark facilities includes funding from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA), Sport England, Transport for London (TfL), and the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT).

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Old October 11th, 2009, 08:38 PM   #1309
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Wow! so cool!
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Old October 11th, 2009, 08:49 PM   #1310
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what's up with the cable frenzy on top of the stadium?
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Old October 12th, 2009, 01:01 AM   #1311
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Sport fans to get best 2012 seats so stands stay full
09.10.09

Sports fanatics will get priority for front row seats at the 2012 Games, with Olympics chiefs wanting a good atmosphere and to avoid the embarrassment of empty stadiums.

VIPs, media and sponsors may be asked to move for fans who can be relied on to show up to events and shout support for the athletes.

The ticketing plan has been devised over the past year by Locog, the 2012 organisers, and the International Olympic Committee under the banner “Fans in Front”.

London's Games bid was built on Britain's passion for live sport, so organisers are intent on solving the problem of empty seats which blighted the past two summer Games in Athens and Beijing.

It particularly affected niche sports and events where the home nation was not represented.

If its idea is successful, Locog will please broadcasters who have complained of unoccupied seats in camera range deterring advertisers.

The 9.2 million Olympic and Paralympic tickets will be sold on the London 2012 website from 2011 by public ballot. But Locog has pledged that applicants who are members of sports clubs will get priority for tickets near the front. They hope this will encourage people to join a club, helping the Games' sporting legacy.

Locog's chief executive, Paul Deighton, told the IOC's annual meeting this week: “Balancing needs of athletes, media, Olympic family [officials and sponsors] and spectators is always a challenge.

“We are working on a concept of Fans in Front. This is designed to fill seats around the play with passionate spectators. This will provide athletes with a great atmosphere.”

Proposals to move groups that are less likely to attend events arose in a debriefing of Beijing Games organisers last November. These include some of the 20,000 media personnel, athletes and their guests.

Efforts to maximise attendances will also focus on distribution of tickets to sponsors, who receive 50-60,000 seats.

At previous Games, sponsors have only been given bundles of tickets for simultaneous events, but in London they will be able to swap unwanted tickets.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:17 AM   #1312
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:04 PM   #1313
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:40 PM   #1314
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The American torchbearer for London’s Olympic legacy
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Andrew Altman has “regeneration in his blood”

London’s Olympic legacy will be the “World Series” of regeneration schemes, creating 5,000 homes in east London within five years of the 2012 games.

So says US regeneration supremo Andrew Altman, the new chief executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

Speaking to Property Week this week, Altman declares “regeneration is in my blood”, as he outlines his plans to spearhead the transformation of the Olympic Park.

He says there will be three phases of Olympic legacy development. The first is “building for the Olympics”, followed by a second “transition” phase after the games when non-permanent structures are demolished and the site is readied for private sector investment.

The third phase will cover the first five years of development when the legacy company will build on the “excellent assets” left by the games.

“There will be an immediate regeneration benefit from day one of the Olympics,” says Altman. “There is no other opportunity like this one because of the scale of the ambition and the scale of the development and the impact that this will have for generations for come.”

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The most immediate concern is completing the set-up of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, which is based on West Ham Lane near Stratford station. There are still unanswered questions over how London Development Agency-owned Olympic land will be transferred to the new company.

There is also the much thornier issue of who will repay the £800m debt that the LDA incurred during the assembly of the Olympics site.

Altman says: “People are working very hard to resolve this and we know the transfer of land is very important, so the company needs to be set up as effectively as possible … and have the freedom to operate. We know how important that is to the private sector.”

He has been working closely with company chairman Margaret Ford to “make sure we get the organisation of the company right”. They are reviewing the masterplanning — or “legacy framework “ — and the “sporting offer”, as well as assessing the operational costs of each venue.

Altman says they are “looking within” the legacy masterplanning framework to see how “best this destination can be created”, and deciding what form the first phase of development will take.

“Where will the first units of housing be? How will [the Olympic park] connect with Westfield Stratford?

“We want to give people a clear idea of how the legacy will evolve,” says Altman. “The development we are looking at is in 2013/14 and we have a couple of years at least. Our goal is to get everything ready, secure planning approvals … look at the operation and maintenance of the park and remove barriers to investment.

“The first phase needs real clarity with everything ready for investment.”

Since moving to London this summer from Philadelphia, he says he has been in “learning and listening mode” to help inform his decision-making. This includes getting to know all the parties involved from central government to the mayor’s office, the local boroughs, the private sector and interested parties such as Westfield to sporting bodies and the wider community.

The legacy company plans to submit outline and detailed planning applications for the first phase by next summer. Altman is hopeful that it will be easier to secure private sector funding within a few years as the “market may have changed by then”.

“We will have infrastructure that is attractive to the private investor,” he says. “Most people want transport and a park, and we have both. This creates value and, with the venues and the mall [Westfield Stratford], the offer is so incredibly powerful, which is why I am optimistic. There will be a 1,000 reasons to go to this park.”

Regenerator — man and boy

Altman did a masters degree in city planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and won several fellowships, including the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

His career began in Los Angeles in 1992 with the then new mayor Tom Bradley to redevelop areas destroyed in the race riots. He also worked on the regeneration of California’s Oakley waterfront and in New York for a private equity firm before becoming Washington DC’s planning director and spearheading the significant redevelopment of the Anacostia Waterfront.

“The Anacostia project was about creating a new Frontier for DC, which was also moving eastwards, and trying to facilitate that growth in the most poor and segregated part of the city,” says Altman.

Before joining the Olympic Park Legacy Company, Altman was the deputy mayor for economic development in his home town of Philadelphia, where his love of urban planning first grew. At the age of 10 he was intrigued about why some blocks in his neighbourhood were nicer than others. He wrote to his parents’ friend — a university professor — asking to enrol in the city planning department but was advised to “finish school first”.

‘From being 10 years old to here [in London] is a culmination of events,” he says. “For someone in this line of work, it’s the greatest challenge of a lifetime.
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16 October 2009
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The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today unveiled the London 2012 Olympic pictograms, the visual representations of each Olympic sport which will be used in the run up to and during the Olympic Games in 2012. The 38 pictograms represent the sports and disciplines at the Games and will be used for signage, on tickets and on the field of play at Games-time, becoming an important ‘wayfinder’ tool for spectators.

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The London 2012 pictograms were developed in consultation with each International Sporting Federation and have been designed to be vibrant and accurate depictions of each sporting discipline. They will come in two different formats – a silhouette version for standard use and a dynamic version inspired by the connectivity of the London Underground map, which will be used on merchandise, posters, sign posts and wayfinding materials.

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London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe commented, “The pictograms will be a vital wayfinder for spectators at Games-time and will become recognisable come 2012, but by unveiling them now we have a fantastic opportunity to use them as a tool for people to find out more about the Olympic sports. Over the next three years, each sport has a golden opportunity to tell its story and educate the British public about what it is on offer at London 2012. I hope the pictograms will be the gateway to achieve this and we will work with all of the governing bodies to ensure that knowledge of all the Olympic sports increases between now and 2012.”

Olympics Minister, Tessa Jowell said, “These pictograms will be a simple way of helping people navigate London during the Games and a reference point for fans of the Olympic sports in the run up to and throughout the Games in 2012. They will, I’m sure, become an enduring image of London 2012.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson commented, "These are bold and dynamic images, which capture the energy and colour of the Games. Each sport is illustrated with graphic simplicity and the way it incorporates the iconic London Underground visual identity is genius. The designs will add to the pleasure of everyone attending, as well as helping them navigate the city whilst the Games are on."

British Olympic Association Chairman Lord Moynihan said, “In 2012 Olympic sports and athletes will have a unique opportunity to showcase themselves to the UK and the world and the pictograms will help do that. They look fantastic and I am confident that they will become a key visual icon of the London 2012 Olympic Games.”

IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald said, “The pictograms of an Olympic Games are a unique link between the host city and the sports involved. The London 2012 pictograms are a strong and dynamic representation of the 2012 sports and are instantly recognisable as part of London’s look. This is particularly true of the dynamic version, which draws its inspiration from the London underground map, forever linking these Games to this great city. The Olympic summer sports are delighted by these designs and I hope that they will not just help people to find their way to the events but will also encourage young people to try out different Olympic sports as we head towards 2012.”

Olympic Games pictograms were first used at the 1948 Games in London and have become a regular feature of the Olympic movement since the Tokyo Games in 1964. The pictograms will be featured on limited edition adidas t-shirts on sale from October 24 2009 to celebrate 1000 days to go until the Olympic Games. There will be a full set of Paralympic pictograms which will be launched later this year.

The London 2012 Olympic pictograms represent each of the sports and disciplines of the Olympic Games.

There are two formats for each pictogram - a silhouette and a 'dynamic' version.

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The dynamic format of the pictograms bring the representations to life. They will be used on merchandise, posters and sign-posts. They were inspired by the London Underground map.

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Interactive London 2012 exhibition launched at City Hall
19 October 2009

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has today launched an interactive London 2012 exhibition at City Hall which includes a simulator allowing visitors to navigate their way around the completed Olympic Park.

For a three week period, the free exhibition will be staffed by volunteers from across the London 2012 project and will include a model of the Olympic Park and models of venues such as the Olympic Stadium and Velodrome.

ODA’s Chairman John Armitt said: 'We have had over 40,000 visitors to the Olympic Park construction site to see the progress we are making, but this exhibition will give people a chance to see what their Olympic Park will look like when we have finished the "big build".'

Some of the first visitors to the exhibition were Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and the ODA’s 'Construction Crew - representatives from local schools around the Olympic Park who act as the project’s ambassadors.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'This exhibition is a great opportunity for Londoners and tourists to see the fantastic progress being made on the Olympic Park. It shows how our plans for 2012 are shaping up and how the Park will look when the greatest show on earth opens in under three years time.'

The ODA’s first certified Olympic Park tour guides will also officially graduate this week and be awarded their certificates by Olympic Minister Tessa Jowell at the exhibition. A group of local people from the Host Boroughs were trained and passed an exam to become Olympic Park Tour Guides with a Level 2 Qualification from the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

Des Blake from Newham who graduated as an Olympic Park Tour Guide said: 'Although the course was very challenging in many different ways it showed me that, with the appropriate support, I can achieve my goals. I have always had a dream since a boy to represent the UK in the Olympics, or to be involved in one, I feel by doing this work I have gone a long way in achieving this!'
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