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Old October 28th, 2009, 02:26 PM   #1341
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Webcam images from today showing the current progress of the venues.

Stadium

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Aquatic Centre

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Athletes Village

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Velodrome

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Basketball Arena

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IPC/MBC

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Old October 28th, 2009, 07:12 PM   #1342
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There's been good progress on the Velodrome .

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Old October 28th, 2009, 09:20 PM   #1343
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Aquatic Centre.

I'm loving it. Organic curves, exactly what an aquatic center needs.
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Old October 30th, 2009, 05:15 PM   #1344
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London 2012 chairman says there is 'no cause for complacency' as 1,000 days loom
By John Armitt, Olympic Delivery Authority chairman
Published: 7:15PM GMT 28 Oct 2009

With nearly 1,000 days to go until the London Olympics' opening ceremony on July 27, 2012, we are on track and within budget.

This month we started work on the basketball venue — the last venue on the Olympic Park to get underway. It is testament to the excellence of our workforce that we continue to hit our milestones and deliver against a challenging programme.

The external structure of the stadium was completed in July. Work is now under way on the cable roof structure which will be lifted into place by the end of the year. By next summer the first seats should be in.

The aquatics centre roof is nearing completion. The diving pool has been excavated and work started this month digging out the training pool. The permanent structure of the venue should be finished by next summer, along with the structures of the velodrome, the handball arena, the international broadcast centre and the basketball arena.

The Olympic Village, beds for athletes during the Games and homes for Londoners afterwards, is well under way. The majority of apartments should be structurally finished by next July along with half of the new bridges across the park. The primary sub-station, the first building to be completed, is now operational. Next month tree planting will start on the park.

The Olympic Park workforce will peak at about 10,000 early next year. These workers include people who were previously out of work, such as Annamarie Ferguson, a previously unemployed electrical trainee from Camden who is now completing her training on the Olympic Park.

The project is filling order books all over the UK in what is a difficult time for the economy. Companies like Bolton-based Watson Steel, which has been contracted to supply steel for the Olympic Stadium and velodrome, and Belfast-based Lagan Construction, which has won a major contract to construct the Central Park Bridge within the Olympic Park.

Transport improvements are moving ahead quickly — the redevelopment of Stratford station and the seven-minute Javelin service during Games time – for example.

As we have said many times, 75p in every £1 we are spending is for long-term legacy.

So a lot has been done but there is also a lot to do as we enter the most intensive phase of construction. This will be the toughest phase of the project and while we are making good progress there is still a long way to go. There is no cause for complacency.

It will be a challenging time as construction surges ahead across the site but also an exciting one as the Olympic Park really starts to take shape. I remain confident that we will deliver a world-class stage for 2012, that LOCOG will stage a brilliant Games and together we will leave a lasting legacy for decades to come.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 01:21 AM   #1345
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Structure of first Olympic Village building complete on eve of 1,000 days to go to 2012 Games
30 October 2009

The first of 11 residential plots in the Olympic Village has been structurally completed, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today.

The Olympic Village, which lies adjacent to the Olympic Park and forms part of the Stratford City development, will accommodate a total of 23,000 athletes and officials from over 200 nations during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Seventy-three per cent of athletes will be able to reach their competition venue in under 15 minutes. After the Games, the Village will deliver the legacy of 2,800 new homes for east London across 11 residential plots. Construction work began on site in summer 2008 and the first residential plot, comprising nearly 300 new homes across 7 buildings, is now structurally complete.

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The construction of the first residential plot has involved 160 workers and a total of seven cranes lifting into place more than 14,500 cubic metres of concrete to form the structural elements of the seven buildings. Work is now underway on the external cladding of the buildings, allowing work on the internal fit-out of the buildings to begin next year. The external cladding panels for the building are now being lifted into place with the heaviest panels weighing up to six tonnes.

A topping-out ceremony on the first structurally complete Village buildings was carried out today by, ODA Director of Property Ralph Luck, Chief Executive of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) Paul Deighton, CEO of Lend Lease Europe Dan Labbad and Mayor of Newham Council Sir Robin Wales and directors of Triathlon Homes.

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ODA Director of Property Ralph Luck: 'In 1,000 days time the world’s best athletes will have arrived at the Olympic Village, and with the structural completion of the first buildings we are on track to deliver a first-class Village to help them prepare for the world’s biggest sporting event. The Olympic Village will be one of the strongest legacies from the Games and the completion of these buildings also gives us an exciting glimpse of the quality new homes we are delivering for Londoners together with new parks, public squares and community facilities.'

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Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) said: 'Sport is at the heart of the Games and therefore athletes’ needs are very important to us. We want to make sure that they are in a comfortable, relaxed and well-organised environment so that they can prepare for one of the biggest sporting moments of their lives.'

Mayor of Newham Council Sir Robin Wales said: 'We want the Games to inspire local people to lead healthier and more active and prosperous lives. The Olympics must bring long-lasting and positive changes for the residents of the borough. One of my key priorities is to ensure the local community will benefit from the venues, parklands and other facilities once the Games are over. The housing offer is crucial to this – the most successful communities are those mixed by class, ethnicity and tenure and this is what we are looking forward to seeing in the Village.'

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Dan Labbad, CEO of Lend Lease Europe, the development and construction manager for the Village, said: 'We’re delighted to be revealing the first complete structures of the Village, demonstrating the substantial progress being made on site. We remain committed to delivering a world class development of high architectural quality, both as a home for athletes in 2012 and as an iconic sustainable community beyond.'

Of the new homes on the first structurally completed residential plot, 193 have already been pre-sold to Triathlon Homes, the joint venture company delivering affordable housing at the Village. They are among 1,379 affordable homes that will be offered at the Village through a variety of renting and home ownership options.

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Geoff Pearce, director of Triathlon Homes, said: 'This is a real landmark in the development of nearly 1,400 affordable homes at the Olympic Village, helping to meet housing need in east London and contributing to the wider regeneration of the area. We’re very proud to be delivering a variety of affordable homes in a fantastic setting as part of this prestigious development.'

The 11 residential plots in the Olympic Village are each made up of six to eight buildings built in a rectangular layout around a traditional courtyard area. Along with the structural completion of the first residential plot, construction work is also underway on the remaining 10 residential plots. Earthworks are also underway on the site of Chobham Academy - a world-class education campus to be built within the Olympic Village with spaces for 1,800 students aged 3-19.

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After 2012, the Village will leave a lasting legacy for east London including:

New Homes for Londoners
- 2,818 new homes in legacy including 1,379 affordable homes;
- Family housing with nearly 1,000 three and four bed homes.

New parklands, courtyards and open space
- Courtyard areas with gardens, play areas and open space;
- More than 10 hectares of new parks and open space;
- New public squares, tree-lined streets, and landscaped courtyards.

Education and community facilities
- Multi-use community facilities;
- A world-class education campus, Chobham Academy, with 1,800 places for students aged 3-19.

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Triathlon Homes (a joint venture company established by First Base and housing associations Southern Housing Group and East Thames Group) have purchased 1,379 of the new homes in the Olympic Village which will become available as affordable housing after 2012. The aim is to create affordable, high quality homes for local people which are intrinsic to the regeneration of the area and to ensure a successful legacy for Stratford and the wider East London community after the Games.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 01:36 AM   #1346
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The Velodrome looks like some unfinished rollercoaster at this stage!
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Old October 31st, 2009, 05:22 AM   #1347
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I love the Olympic Village. That site is huge .
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Old October 31st, 2009, 05:28 AM   #1348
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CABE Design Review
Eton Manor
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Temporary facilities for gymnastics, aquatics, athlete training, paralympic archery, and tennis events during the Olympic Games; the venues will be converted to a permanent hockey centre and tennis facilities after the Games. Designed by Stanton Williams.

21 September 2009
Planning reference: 09/90198/FUMODA (Olympic Park)
Tagged with: Sports | London | London 2012 | London 2012

We support the strong Legacy focus for Eton Manor and have been impressed by the project’s design development throughout our period of review. In relation to the current planning submission for the site in Olympic mode we believe the site diagram and architecture of the main sports centre are promising. We also support the more open landscape treatment for the southwest corner of the site, which should ensure views of the main Olympic Park to the south.

We welcome the recent changes made to the still indicative landscape including the more pragmatic spatial arrangement for the central green space which, in our view, creates greater definition for the routes and spaces around the wind turbine. We are pleased that a landscaping treatment with tree planting has been devised for the carparks as this will be important in securing an integrated look and feel for the site. The intention to provide a versatile area of landscaping next to the hockey pitch is also welcomed. We look forward to reviewing these specific elements and the wider landscape strategy when formally submitted as part of the Transformation planning application.

While not part of this planning application, the design of the 5a-side football clubhouse will need to be sensitively treated to achieve a coherent look and feel across the site, particularly as this building is situated at the site’s main point of arrival. As this element is being submitted as an outline application with the detailed design to be resolved at much later stage we believe some form of ongoing executive design guidance will be required. In light of the project’s programme complexities and staggered planning process, we recommend that the planning authority apply appropriate conditions to ensure a continuity of design thinking and commitment, throughout the project’s extensive delivery period.







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Old October 31st, 2009, 03:34 PM   #1349
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BIGGEST DISPLAY FOR COUNT DOWN

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BT has today unveiled Britains largest LED array to celebrate 1,000 days to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The communications firm has wrapped the top of its BT Tower with a 360-degree LED display around the 36th and 37th floors, which measures 280 sq m and includes 177,000 pixels.

It is the biggest billboard in Europe and the US contains 529,750 LEDs and will be officially switched on tomorrow (October 31st) evening during the National Lottery programme.

Once the display is switched on, BT claims that the message is so bright that it will be visible from the moon.

Dubbed the Information Band, the installation of the billboard required 2,700 trips to the top of the tower, which is located 167 metres above street level.

Last month, Richard Wilson, editor of Electronics Weekly, named Crees LRP-38 LED and Osram Parathom Classic LED as the best lighting devices on the market.

Rapid Electronics is a leading UK supplier of LED products and optoelectronic components for industrial, educational and consumer applications.

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Old October 31st, 2009, 09:00 PM   #1350
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Very cool! Can't wait to see them tonight!
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Old October 31st, 2009, 10:09 PM   #1351
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Apparently theres supposed to be a fireworks show off the top of the BT Tower tonight to mark the countdown for 1000 days till the opening ceremony.
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Really cool!

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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:12 PM   #1358
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Erm, that news story is from 2005
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 08:48 PM   #1360
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Queen visits Olympic park Today

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