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Old January 15th, 2010, 07:54 PM   #1441
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Old January 15th, 2010, 11:07 PM   #1442
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University of East London plans sports faculty under Olympic stadium
Matthew Beard, Sports News Correspondent
15.01.10

A university is in talks to establish a specialist sports faculty at the Olympic Stadium after 2012.

The University of East London, with campuses in Stratford and Docklands, is proposing to teach sports-related degrees to up to 600 undergraduates in lecture halls in the venue's undercroft.

Next month, a proposed tenancy for UEL will be put to the Olympic Park Legacy Company, which will take the 600-hectare park and its venues off taxpayers' hands after the Games.

John Lock, UEL's 2012 director, insisted that despite nationwide funding cuts of £135 million in higher education, the university could finance the move, with demand for sports studies expected to rise as a result of the Olympics.

The college hopes to sign a memorandum of understanding with the legacy company within months, before a legally binding agreement.

But if the plan goes ahead UEL may have to suspend lectures for a year in 2018 if the stadium becomes a World Cup venue.

Mayor Boris Johnson backs a major role for higher education in the Olympic Park and commissioned a £200,000 study to consider the feasibility of a “world class” university setting up there.

The National Skills Academy and English Institute of Sport have signed up to tenancies at the stadium, which has 700 rooms.

But the venue's core legacy role remains in doubt as top-flight rugby and football clubs have shown no interest in becoming anchor tenants.

The £550 million stadium will become a 25,000-seat athletics facility after 2012.

A legacy company spokesman said: “We continue to have good discussions with UEL about their future plans.”
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Old January 16th, 2010, 03:22 AM   #1443
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That map really shows just how crazy it was having incredibly poor areas like Hackney rubbing shoulders with The City and Canary Wharf, some of the richest areas in the world.
Is Hackney really a poor area? And I thought that Canary Wharf had started to feel some strain since last year, when everyone fled...

Regarding the Olympic Park, I think it looks pretty nice! I guess it would be such a huge project that organizing it is a lot harder than it looks.

So, if they are capable of organizing the park, why can't they find a better logo than this one?

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Old January 16th, 2010, 03:46 AM   #1444
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Dear troll, haven't you got over New York not winning the bid?
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Old January 16th, 2010, 02:04 PM   #1445
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When did I ever say it was bad?



Are you sure now?
what are you trying to say..i think the problem people have with your post is they fail to understand what you are trying to communicate.
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Old January 16th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #1446
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Old January 16th, 2010, 09:17 PM   #1447
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2012 Olympics visitors make £40m for London

Tourism chiefs say London has made almost £40million from an increase in sports and business events in the run-up to 2012.

Improvements to transport and accommodation linked to the Games have resulted in a surge of bookings, said Visit London.

The group has calculated the value in hotel takings and visitor spending of bookings they say are related to being a host city. These include Sport Accord 2011, the world's largest sports congress, set to bring in £2.4million and the 52-nation World Skills Competition in 2011 to promote vocational training, expected to generate £29 million.

Organisers of trade conferences have also told Visit London they chose the capital because it was gearing up for an Olympics.

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Old January 19th, 2010, 11:38 PM   #1448
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Old January 20th, 2010, 03:53 PM   #1449
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Date set for first 2012 Olympics ticket sales
Matthew Beard, Sports News Correspondent Matthew Beard, Sports News Correspondent
20.01.10

Sports fans will be able to buy tickets for the Olympics from the start of next year, the Standard understands.

Millions of would-be ticket-holders may also be able to register for their preferred 2012 event online within weeks, under plans being drawn up by Games chiefs.

On the London 2012 website they will be asked to state which of the 26 sports they want to attend and when. Those providing information are not guaranteed tickets but will receive alerts from the organising committee, Locog, when tickets go on sale next year. Locog plans to launch pre-registration in March after the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

It would mark the start of a 12-month campaign to sell the tickets towards its revenue target of £375 million.

Next year, the public will be able to apply for tickets through a ballot system which will account for up to 85 per cent of the 9.2 million tickets.

But credit card purchases can only be made using Visa — the official Olympic credit card. In the ballot there will be no preferential treatment for Londoners, who will contribute an average £120 each in council tax to the Games budget.

Locog will reveal its pricing policy towards the end of this year. The committee says it is committed to selling a large number of “affordable” tickets. But may not be able to deliver a pledge to sell 4.3 million at under £20 since that included 700,000 cheap tickets for baseball and softball which are no longer Olympic sports.

A Locog spokeswoman said: “Everyone across the UK will have the same opportunity to buy tickets.”
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http://www.ctvolympics.ca/london-201...sid=26785.html

Article by Canadian media.

The stadiums that will play host to gold medal-winning performances at the 2012 Olympic Games are fast taking shape in a once rundown area of east London.

Bulldozers roar and forests of cranes dot the landscape as orange warning lights flash - the site is a little boy's dream come to life, stretching as far as the naked eye can see.

The main stadium, with its distinctive crossed white girders, is unmistakeable at the edge of the development - less spectacular than the Bird's Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but imposing all the same.

The other striking building dominating the skyline is the Aquatics Centre, designed by Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid, its half-completed roof resembling a curled leaf.

In the distance, the first of 11 apartment blocks is nearing completion in the Olympic Village, which will house 23,000 athletes and officials during the Games.

David Higgins, an Australian recruited as chief executive of the Olympic Development Authority because of his experience of building venues for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, is satisfied with the progress.

"We are well into the structure now on all the major venues and the village and media centre and in a year's time the structure will be finished on virtually all those projects," he said.

"You can see a lot of it coming out of the ground now as well as the big shopping centre at the middle of the site."

The site's workforce will mushroom by 4,000 to 11,000 this year, as the transformation of an area once covered with largely dilapidated warehouses and car repair workshops accelerates.

And the once sceptical local population appears to be coming round to the idea of playing host to the Olympic circus - recent surveys have shown support running at around 80 percent.

Julianne Marriott, a tourist guide, said the interest in visiting the site was increasing all the time.

"We are starting to see more people from abroad now, with people coming from other European countries but also from Russia because they are hosting the (2014 Winter) Olympics and from Rio," which is organising the 2016 Games.

"But most of all it's just the great British taxpayers who want to find out what is happening here, what our money's going on and what is going to happen after the Olympics," she said.

The key to securing the support of local people has been promises that they will be left with more than just a white elephant once the Olympic flame is extinguished in two-and-a-half years' time.

Understandably, people want to know what the long-term benefits will be of a project with an overall budget of over eight billion pounds (nine billion euros, 13 billion dollars).

So a separate company has been created to manage the "legacy" of the Olympic Park, with London keen to show it has learned from the mistakes made by host cities in the past.

Many of the facilities for the 2004 Athens Games are rusting away and the Bird's Nest is still seeking a post-Games role in Beijing - the under-used stadium was recently filled with fake snow to become a "winter wonderland".

But organizers say the London site has been designed so it can become a self-contained city capable of hosting a thriving community once the Games are over.

An unusual feature compared to other Olympics is that the stadium's 80,000 capacity will be shrunk to around 25,000 after the Games, by dismantling the upper tiers.

Higgins is cautious about the thorny issue of the legacy - it is not his organisation's responsibility - but as he gazes across London from his office in the Canary Wharf financial district he can see the long-term potential.

"The thing that makes this project so unique and the difference for example from Sydney is that this site is a mile from Canary Wharf, it is two miles from the City of London, it has nine major railway lines intersecting on the site, it's going to be a new city.

"That will bring jobs, opportunities and it'll be a place that people want to live in because of the infrastructure investments and the parks."

Importantly, the "guts" of a new city - the power stations, a sewage system and the open spaces - are being constructed now, rather than after development occurs, Higgins points out.

"I think it is all incredibly exciting," said Marriott. "It is going to be a brilliant place, both during and after the Games."
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Old January 21st, 2010, 03:13 PM   #1451
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Worth posting the great close up of the Aquatics Centre roof that accompanies that article methinks. Good to see positive press abroad!

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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:00 PM   #1452
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Is Hackney really a poor area?
Well, it has poor areas in it. It also has incredibly rich areas. Remember its the size of a normal city itself!
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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:29 PM   #1453
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Worth posting the great close up of the Aquatics Centre roof that accompanies that article methinks. Good to see positive press abroad!

I don't know what it is but the roof always looks so small, that is until you see the incredibly tiny man working on it.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 09:34 PM   #1454
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Stephen Fry lined up to be the voice of 2012 Olympic Ganes
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Stephen Fry is being lined up as the voice of the London Olympics.

The writer, broadcaster and actor is to have talks with Games officials about supplying his distinctive tone to adverts and campaigns in the run-up to 2012.

Organisers are also hoping for his “creative input” into the cultural side of the event. Fry's duties have not been decided, but it is believed he could be used for TV voiceovers, promotional videos and tourism guides.

He told the Evening Standard: “I genuinely don't know exactly what it will involve. I've been asked if I could fit in a meeting with some people from the Olympics but I have no idea what they are going to ask me. All I can say is that I'm really supportive.”

Taking on critics of the event, he added: “I'm really passionately behind it and I can't bear that there is already a groundswell of cynicism that it's all going to be disastrous.

“People saying things like, Ooh, we'll never be as good as Beijing or the Beijing opening day,' and, Ooh, we will just have pearly kings and queens on buses, the traffic will be terrible and the buildings will fall apart and it will be ruined.'

“Oh for goodness' sake, come on — it's the largest regular gathering of human beings on the planet and we're going to host it and it's going to be fantastic.”

Paul Woodmansey, spokesman for Games organiser Locog, said: “We're looking into bringing him in on the Olympic Park tour so he can get a feel for the progress we've been making. We hope to have discussions about what the role will involve, but we're really, really pleased he's interested and would love to have him on board.

“We have some ideas as to what he could do and he will have his own ideas. He is a very creative person and we'd love to have his input.”

Among those already signed up for ambassadorial roles are former triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards and rower James Cracknell, both Olympic gold medallists.

Blur's Damon Albarn has been linked to the position of opening ceremony director, while David Beckham has been heavily involved since the bidding process.
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It's kind of funny that they couldn't get the roof on the Athens one in time for the games yet the London roof will be done before the pool!
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Old January 25th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #1458
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LOL yeah, that is quite strange. It's interesting to watch this one as it's being built backwards, so to speak.
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Olympic chiefs today unveiled plans to transform the Games site into London's largest new urban park in more than a century.

A "hanging gardens", a tree-lined avenue modelled on Birdcage Walk and a mile-long cycle track are expected to form the centrepiece of the £200 million environmental project.

The Olympic Delivery Authority proposes to create 250 acres of parklands at the Stratford site and will plant 4,000 semi-mature trees and 300,000 wetland plants in time for the opening of the Games in 2012.

After the Olympics, temporary wildflower meadows will be planted on plots awaiting development.

Temporary avenues of trees and hedges will also be planted along fences of future development areas to create a welcoming entrance to the Park, which is expected to begin re-opening to the public in the summer of 2013.

The planning application for the "greening" of the site, largely former industrial land in the Lower Lea Valley, was recently submitted by the ODA which will fund the works out of the taxpayer-funded £9.3 billion Olympic budget .

The parklands will be fitted around the sports venues, housing and other commercial developments in the wider 420-acre Games site.

The "hanging gardens" will be created with plants, shrubs and meadows 30 feet above the ground on a £70 million pedestrian bridge linking Stratford town centre to the aquatics centre, which forms the main gateway to the Games.

A tree-lined park road into the north of the site has been modelled on The Mall and Birdcage Walk with lighting, surfacing and bollards.

A mile-long cycling circuit will wind round the velodrome and there will be four miles of mountain bike tracks.

A "London 2012" garden will stretch for half a mile between the aquatics centre and the Olympic stadium to celebrate British plants.

The southern part of the park will feature markets, events, cafés and bars.

The northern area will use environmental techniques to manage flood and rain water while providing quieter public space and habitats for hundreds of animals, including rare species, from kingfishers to otters.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said: "We are cleaning up industrial land and creating the green backdrop for the London 2012 Games that become the UK's largest new urban park in over a century.

"Inspired by the Victorian parks, the meadows, gardens, woods and river walks will create a fantastic space for people and wildlife at the heart of east London."

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the Olympics organising committee Locog, said: "The further regeneration of east London continues apace.

"After the Games have gone, an incredible legacy will be left — not least a family-friendly park with state of the art sporting facilities transforming this area for London, creating and serving new communities for generations to come."


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Hopefully some new renders and plans will be released soon. Currently the link to the detail of this story is broken on the Official website.
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I think these might be new renders relating to the parklands story:



Velodrome post-2012



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North of the park post-2012



Looking north across the park post-2012
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