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Old January 27th, 2010, 07:38 AM   #1461
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On a similar note :

London Olympic Park will be "green oasis"

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - London's 2012 Olympic Park will rival the city's other great green oasis Kensington, with hanging gardens and an amphitheatre, Olympics minister Tessa Jowell said on Tuesday.

About 4,000 trees, 300,000 wetland plants and hundreds of thousands of bulbs will be planted to create Britain's largest new urban park in over a century.

"The Olympics will create a stunning green oasis in east London that in legacy will join the long list of world famous parks London is so lucky to have," Jowell said in a statement.

"Nowhere else will features like the Great British Garden, wetlands and new wildlife habitats sit side by side with world class sports facilities."

Legacy plans submitted for approval for the 250-acre former industrial site in Stratford, east London, also include an avenue of meadows, lawns and shrubs.

Work has already begun on forming a green backdrop for the Games, inspired by the original Victorian Parks.

New habitats for species will be created, including for the otter, kingfisher, bee, bat, newt, eel and water vole.
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Good news.

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The London 2012 Olympic Park will become a new ‘great park’ helping to transform east London after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in legacy plans unveiled by the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Alongside permanent parklands with more than 4,000 trees, the legacy transformation plans, which have developed with the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) and recently submitted for approval, include temporary wildflower meadows on plots awaiting development and temporary avenues of trees and hedges along future development areas to create a welcoming entrance to the Park.

Other highlights from the new plans, inspired by Britain’s lead role in creating the world’s first public parks, include:

* ‘Hanging gardens’ thirty foot above ground on the huge footbridge from Stratford City with meadows, lawns, shrubs and rows of trees welcoming people over the main walking entrance into the Park.

* A tree-lined ‘park road’ into the north of the Park modeled on The Mall and Birdcage Walk next to St James’s and Hyde Park, with distinctively designed surfacing, lighting and bollards and traffic management so visitors feel like they are in the park.

* A new regional sports club set in parklands with a tranquil garden square centred on the original Eton Manor Boys Club war memorial and lined with Sweet Gum trees which turn red around Remembrance Day.

* 4,000 semi-mature trees, 300,000 wetlands plants and hundreds of thousands of plants and bulbs in varied parklands including wooded hills, meadows, ponds, lawns, gardens and wet woodlands.

ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: 'We are cleaning up industrial land and creating the green backdrop for the London 2012 Games that in legacy will become the UK’s largest new urban park in over a century. Inspired by the original Victorian parks, the meadows, gardens, woods and river walks in this new ‘great park’ will create a fantastic public space for people and wildlife right at the heart of the transformation of east London.'

LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe said: 'With a little over two years to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games come to London, the further regeneration of east London continues apace and our vision of a new urban parkland is developing before our eyes. 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.'

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said: 'The Olympics will create a stunning green oasis in East London that in legacy will join the long list of world famous parks London is so lucky to have. Nowhere else will features like the Great British Garden, wetlands and new wildlife habitats sit side by side with world class sports facilities. This will be a destination that the whole nation can be proud of.'

The parkland will be developed further by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) which is responsible for the long term development, management and maintenance of the Olympic Park site after the Games. The OPLC will enhance the parkland through a programme of both large scale and community based events, as well as introducing other physical features such as recreational facilities and other visitor attractions.

Olympic Park Legacy Company Chief Executive Andrew Altman said: 'We will create one of the great London parks, sitting alongside places like Kensington Park, Victoria Park and St James’s Park.

'To do that we need both a high quality parkland and an excellent programme of events for local people and visitors. The ODA’s plans provide us with an excellent start and we will be working with the local community and park operators over the next two years to bring the park to life.'

The parklands will also include:

* A 6m-wide, one-mile road cycle circuit built into the parklands around the Velodrome and crossing the River Lea, with low UV lighting for year round and evening use while protecting bats. Also 6km of off-road mountain bike tracks and a network of cycle paths across the Park including National Route 1.
* A large oval lawn with an amphitheatre setting in the north of the Park suitable for games, picnics and other leisure activities.

* The London 2012 Garden stretching for half a mile on the Waterworks riverbank between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium and celebrating centuries of British passion for gardens and plants. It will include picnic lawns, seating and 60,000 plants and 60,000 bulbs from 250 different species.

* A riverside Royal Horticultural Society Great British Garden overlooking the Olympic Stadium, which two amateur gardeners are helping to design after their competition entries won a public vote.

* Two feature gardens with planting designed by the Klassnik Corporation, We Made That and Riitta Ikonen - an art collective based in the Host Boroughs - to represent the industrial heritage of the Olympic Park site.

* Four football fields (2.1 hectares) worth of secure and accessible allotments.

* Three km of restored and accessible previously neglected rivers, including the original Carpenters Lock restored in a riverside bowl in the centre of the park, connecting the northern and southern areas.

* Wetland bowls and rare wet woodlands already being formed in the north of the Park to create habitat and help manage floodwater, protecting new housing and venues and 5,000 existing homes from a 1:100 year storm. Rainwater is captured through porous paving and cleansed through a network of swales, ponds and reedbeds before flowing into the river.

* New habitats for species including: otter; kingfisher; grey heron; bee; house sparrow; bat; song thrush; starling; toadflax brocade moth; lizard; black redstart; flower and fungus beetle; frogs, newts and toads; eel; water vole; slow worm; grass snake; linnet; sand martin; swift; and invertebrates.

* Large concourse areas reduced in size and broken up with ‘islands’ of plants, trees and meadows.

* New landscape designs around the Aquatics Centre include planted hills with seating providing views across the river to the 2012 Gardens.

* Mounds and hills across the Park for tumbling in summer and sledging in winter. :P

* 250 benches and over 3,300 seats built into the parklands so that people are never more than 50m walk from a seat.

* Custom-built lighting columns on the festival area between the Aquatics Centre and Stadium fitted with vertical wind turbines as a symbol of the Park’s sustainability.

* Temporary tree-lined daffodil, bluebell, clover and primrose meadows that vary through the seasons created on the development land on the northern entrance to the Park that may not be developed for many years. Rather than traditional construction hoarding which would deter people from using the Park, this unique use of parklands also reduces long term security costs.

The southern part of the Park will focus on retaining the Games spirit, with riverside gardens and areas for markets, events, cafes and bars in legacy. The northern area of the Park will use the latest green techniques to manage flood and rain water while providing quieter public space and habitats for hundreds of existing and rare species from kingfishers to otters.


ODA Project Sponsor John Hopkins said: 'Nearby Victoria Park was one of the world’s first public parks opened in 1845. We have designed the Olympic Park parklands to be one of the world’s first parks responding to the challenges of sustainability and climate change, creating the setting not only for a fantastic Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also for liveable neighbourhoods well into the future.'
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Velodrome - the steel structure is complete

London 2012 Velodrome steel structure complete as huge roof lift begins
28 Jan 2010
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Work has been completed on the steel structure of the London 2012 Velodrome, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today, keeping it on track to be the first venue to be completed in the Olympic Park in early 2011.

Cycling facility on track to be first Olympic Park venue finished

The 6,000 seat Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic track cycling events in 2012. After the 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.

Construction work started on the Velodrome in March 2009, making it one of the last of the ‘big five’ Olympic Park venues to get underway, but with the Velodrome steel structure complete and work now underway to install the distinctive double-curved cable-net roof, the venue is on track for completion in early 2011 to make it the first Olympic Park venue to be completed.

The Velodrome site was visited this week by British cyclist Jamie Staff, gold medallist in the Team Sprint event at the Beijing 2008 Games. A video blog of Jamie Staff’s visit can be viewed at london2012.com. The latest Velodrome images can be downloaded from http://mm.***********.com/mm/nicePat...av=pr132721722

Jamie Staff said: 'It was great to visit the London 2012 Velodrome site and I was hugely impressed by the progress being made. It was good to see at first hand how the venue is being designed and built to create a great crowd atmosphere and deliver the best possible conditions for track cyclists and I’m sure this will be a perfect venue for Team GB to continue to hit gold in 2012.'

ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: 'The completion of the Velodrome steel structure gives us an exciting glimpse of what will not only be a world-class venue for the Games and legacy, but another striking piece of architecture for the Olympic Park.

'The Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre are already firm fixtures on the east London skyline but the Velodrome taking shape has created a new focal point in the north of the Olympic Park. This year will be the toughest so far across the site, and we now turn our attentions to the lifting of the huge cable-net roof of the Velodrome, a key engineering challenge which will help crown this spectacular venue.'

Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), said: 'It is very exciting to see the Velodrome taking shape. It will enhance cycling facilities within the UK and adds another world-class Velodrome to the country for use in the south east and London. This is an example of hosting the Games leading to the provision of more sports facilities for elite and community usage.

'LOCOG as an organisation has worked alongside the ODA in designing the venue and we are looking forward to the opportunity of using such a thrilling venue to stage one of Britain's favourite sports and winning more British medals.”

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority who will own, fund and manage the Velodrome in legacy, said: 'While the construction work has been racing ahead, we’ve been working closely with our partners to develop a legacy programme that will enable everyone from schoolchildren to local clubs to elite cyclists to get the most from this stunning building.

'As the owners, funders and managers of the whole VeloPark in legacy we’ll make sure this first rate centre will be truly world class, welcoming cyclists of all levels and disciplines to train, race or just simply cycle for fun. It will be an integral part of the chain of sporting excellence we are creating through the 26 mile long, 10,000-acre Lee Valley Regional Park.'

The Velodrome is being constructed by contractors ISG and more than 2,500 sections of steelwork were installed to complete the steel structure of the venue. The steelwork sections rise in height by 12m 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. Bolton-based company Watsons Steel supplied the fabricated steel for the Velodrome structure in a deal worth over £3m.

With the Velodrome steel structure complete, work is now underway to install the venue roof in what is one of the largest cable-net roof lifts in the UK, using some 16km of cable. The Velodrome is one of the most sustainable venues in the Olympic Park and the lightweight cable-net roof structure will only weigh 30kg per sq m, roughly half that of any other covered Velodrome, helping create a highly-efficient building.

The cable-net roof is due to be completed in the spring when work will then begin to cover the roof and install the outer cladding of the venue. The Velodrome structure is due to be watertight by the summer, allowing work to install the timber cycling track to begin in the autumn. The venue is due to be completed in early 2011.

After the Games, 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 managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. The construction of the VeloPark facilities includes funding from LOCOG, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA), Sport England, Transport for London (TfL), and the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT).

Velodrome fact file

Velodrome facilities:

* 250m UCI (International Cycling Union) approved indoor track and 100m warm-up circuit
* 6,000 seats and 360 degree public concourse in legacy for viewing all cycling activities
* Legacy café, changing rooms, cycle workshop, gym, and storage for over 300 bikes
* Legacy bike hire outlet for families to hire bikes to use the new cycling facilities
* Venue will be linked into cycle routes across London, linking the new venue with the whole of the capital.

Velodrome design:

* Distinct Velodrome roof designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track
* The 6,000 seats are split into a lower and upper tier, allowing a 360 degrees concourse level in between with a continuous ribbon of full height windows
* The 360 degree glazed concourse level in legacy will offer spectators inside the Velodrome views out onto the rest of the Olympic Park and across the London skyline, while allowing people outside of the Velodrome views into the venue and down onto the cycling track
* The Velodrome designers are working closely with track designers to tailor the track geometry and set the temperature and environmental conditions within the venue with the aim of creating a record-breaking track
* The venue is being designed to create the best possible crowd atmosphere in the 6,000 capacity venue to help maximise the performance of cyclists and aim to give Team GB a home advantage in 2012.

Construction:

* Some 48,000 cubic metres of material was excavated to create the bowl for the Velodrome, enough to fill 19 50m swimming pools
* More than 900 piles were driven up to 26m beneath the ground to complete the foundations of the venue
* More than 2,500 sections of steelwork were installed to complete the steel structure of the Velodrome
* More than 100 workers are on the Velodrome site.

Sustainability elements:

* The building has been designed to be lightweight and efficient to reflect the efficient design of a bicycle
* Use of abundant daylight through strategically positioned rooflights reduces need for artificial lighting and allows natural ventilation
* Water saving fittings built into design to allow collection of rainwater for reuse in building, helping reduce water consumption
* Lightweight cable-net roof structure weighs 30kg/m2 compared to 65kg/m2 for the Beijing Velodrome, helping create a highly efficient building

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Brazilians say London 2012 organizers are their 'inspiration' for 2016 Games

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Anish Kapoor to create tower for 2012 Olympic Park

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Olympic Village - update

New images show Olympic Village big build on track with further buildings completed
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03 Feb 2010

New images released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today show the strong progress being made in the construction of the Olympic Village with three of the eleven residential plots now structurally completed.
The Olympic Village, which lies adjacent to the Olympic Park, will accommodate athletes and officials during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 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 with the first residential plot completed in October last year. A further two residential plots, comprising nearly 600 new homes, have now also been structurally completed.

Work will now begin on the external cladding of the buildings, allowing work on the internal fit-out of the buildings to start later this year. Along with the structural completion of the first three residential plots, construction work is also well underway on the remaining eight residential plots with more than 2,800 people now working on the Olympic Village site.

ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: 'The sheer scale of the Olympic Village development means this will become one of the busiest parts of our construction programme in 2010 and the completion of a further two residential plots keeps us firmly on track. The Village is already making its mark on the changing landscape of east London and these new images show the legacy of quality new homes for Londoners taking shape.'

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. 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

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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As long as they dont give all these new homes to Chav scum, who have no respect for themselves, let alone their property, this could be a nice place to live from 2012.
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They might be in use, but there are rarely full except for a few events a year, and I expect a lot of them cost a hell of lot to maintain.

London doesn't need another 80,000 stadium. What it does need is a smaller more compact stadium that can be used many times throughout the year by the local people and can be maintained to a high standard by the local council, one of the most poverished in the UK. That's why after the Games the stadium is downsized to 25,000 and will become a dedicated athletics centre.

Seeing as it is being downsized mere weeks after the Games are over, it is not worth wasting money on an overt whistles and bells 80,000 seater stadium by an 'iconic' architect, when that money can be better spent on the legacy of the Olympic Park itself, or better seating for the permanent portion of the stadium. And anyway, the stadium is being designed with athletics in mind, as well as atmosphere inside the bowl during the Games. London's stadium will see so many world records broken because it's being designed to make it as easy as possible for that to happen; for example they've made sure (unlike Athens) that no wind can get into the centre of the stadium and cause drag on the runners.

It's not about showing off, it's about practicality, and making sure the local people can afford the upkeep of the Olympic venues after the games have gone.
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London is working a lot so that the Olympic Park legacy can be long lasting after 2012.

Aquatic Centre. In the previous pic it was not getting the blue roof, it was just dull metal pannels. This is the blue roof:



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They might be in use, but there are rarely full except for a few events a year, and I expect a lot of them cost a hell of lot to maintain.

London doesn't need another 80,000 stadium. What it does need is a smaller more compact stadium that can be used many times throughout the year by the local people and can be maintained to a high standard by the local council, one of the most poverished in the UK. That's why after the Games the stadium is downsized to 25,000 and will become a dedicated athletics centre.

Seeing as it is being downsized mere weeks after the Games are over, it is not worth wasting money on an overt whistles and bells 80,000 seater stadium by an 'iconic' architect, when that money can be better spent on the legacy of the Olympic Park itself, or better seating for the permanent portion of the stadium. And anyway, the stadium is being designed with athletics in mind, as well as atmosphere inside the bowl during the Games. London's stadium will see so many world records broken because it's being designed to make it as easy as possible for that to happen; for example they've made sure (unlike Athens) that no wind can get into the centre of the stadium and cause drag on the runners.

It's not about showing off, it's about practicality, and making sure the local people can afford the upkeep of the Olympic venues after the games have gone.
I agree with parts of what you are saying.

However, £500 million is a huge sum of money and certainly could have achieved something which was temporary, measured for the legacy of the area and also had wow factor during the games. The stadium is nice and pleasant but slightly underwhelming when the price tag is considered. Also, the studio which designed it - HOK sport, are the big stars of the architectural world when it comes to stadiums so I think lots of people expected more from them.Regarding the point about the wind. No stadium can totally rule out wind as an issue for athletes unless it is fully covered or the majority is. London's stadium will only cover 2/3 of the spectators I believe with it's roof so wind will still be an issue although not to the same extent as Sydney or Athens.But I agree with the jest of your post - London needs a good athletics facility and one which can be maintained.
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I agree with parts of what you are saying.

However, £500 million is a huge sum of money and certainly could have achieved something which was temporary, measured for the legacy of the area and also had wow factor during the games. The stadium is nice and pleasant but slightly underwhelming when the price tag is considered. Also, the studio which designed it - HOK sport, are the big stars of the architectural world when it comes to stadiums so I think lots of people expected more from them.Regarding the point about the wind. No stadium can totally rule out wind as an issue for athletes unless it is fully covered or the majority is. London's stadium will only cover 2/3 of the spectators I believe with it's roof so wind will still be an issue although not to the same extent as Sydney or Athens.But I agree with the jest of your post - London needs a good athletics facility and one which can be maintained.
The thing is anything built in London temporary or not was always going to cost alot of money. No major building project can be built on the cheap in London partly because the price of land is sooooo bloody high!! I have come to expect that, but im glad London 2012 has emphasised so much on legacy. I understand some people can't figure out how we can even think about downsizing an 80,000 seater stadium but this was the legacy promise to the IOC. Besides we are spoilt in London with regards to the amount of large stadia we have and we don't need another large permanent stadium which may only be used couple of times a year and the residents having to pay for the upkeep.
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The thing is anything built in London temporary or not was always going to cost alot of money. No major building project can be built on the cheap in London partly because the price of land is sooooo bloody high!! I have come to expect that, but im glad London 2012 has emphasised so much on legacy. I understand some people can't figure out how we can even think about downsizing an 80,000 seater stadium but this was the legacy promise to the IOC. Besides we are spoilt in London with regards to the amount of large stadia we have and we don't need another large permanent stadium which may only be used couple of times a year and the residents having to pay for the upkeep.
Sure legacy is important. I agree. Also, when London won their bid way back in 2005, one of the crucial elements was their commitment to providing a world class athletics stadium for London post 2012.The legacy plan is still unresolved however. It was meant to be predominantly for athletics but now it is looking like a football club may take over.
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Winter Olympics 2010: London 2012 will not be bailed out, says IOC chief Jacques Rogge

Jacques Rogge says the financial position of the London 2012 Olympic Games is so healthy that, unlike the Vancouver Winter Olympics, no guarantees will be needed to cover any potential shortfall.

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