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Old March 5th, 2010, 06:20 PM   #1501
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The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has today announced that the first of the Olympic Stadium’s lighting towers have been successfully lifted into place, taking the flagship venue to its full height at 60 metres above the field of play.

A 650-tonne crane has been assembled in the middle of the Stadium to lift the 28m-high lighting towers on top of the inner ring of the cable-net roof, one of the toughest engineering challenges on the Stadium project to date.

The lighting towers, which will illuminate the action on the field of play and are necessary for high definition footage, are located high above the Stadium roof to ensure optimum lighting angles which avoid dazzling spectators, photographers and competitors.

ODA Chairman John Armitt said: 'The Olympic Stadium will be at the heart of the action in 2012 and its image will be beamed to billions of people across the world. The team has made impressive progress over the last year and we are on schedule to finish by the summer of 2011 to give a year for Test Events.

'The lifting of the lighting towers is a significant engineering and construction challenge and has taken a huge amount of work and planning, complicated by snow, wind and rain. Once all fourteen towers have been lifted, the Stadium will be at its full height and the venue will be another huge step closer to completion.'

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: 'The Olympic Stadium will be the centrepiece of the London 2012 Games, and it is very exciting to see it taking shape so quickly. There will be some fantastic sporting action taking place there and the eyes of the world will be on us in the summer of 2012. We look forward to welcoming the world’s athletes to the Stadium in 2012.'

Rod Sheard, Senior Principal at Populous said: 'There are few moments on a project as important to a design team as when they reach the highest point on the structure, it is a point in time reflecting the huge effort so many people have contributed to make it happen. The placing of the first lighting tower on the Stadium is just such a moment.'

There will be a total of 14 lighting towers, each weighing 34 tonnes, designed with integrated walkways, access, power supplies and cabling and lighting.

The cable-net roof of the Olympic Stadium was lifted into place at the end of 2009 and will be covered with material once all the lighting towers are in place, providing the correct conditions for athletes on the field of play and covering two-thirds of spectators.

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Old March 5th, 2010, 11:56 PM   #1502
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Outstanding. Love the lighting structures!

The Velodrome

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Old March 14th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #1503
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Old March 14th, 2010, 02:10 PM   #1504
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Not seen the progression of the Velodrome for a while, its interesting how the sweeping, weightless roof structure replicates the Hadid Pool, it's always nice to see a bit of cohesion amongst olympic venues (I think) I think its the setting which will make this games, I'm not much of an Olympic historian but I doubt many (if any) olympic stadiums have been nestled onto their own natural island.. ?
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Old March 14th, 2010, 04:33 PM   #1505
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LONDON | 2012 Olympics

Here are some new pics http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/1280/londonnew.png
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Old March 15th, 2010, 01:42 AM   #1506
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Construction has started on the Basketball Arena

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Old March 16th, 2010, 09:23 PM   #1507
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Old March 18th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #1508
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/otherspor...g-ceremony.html

Modern Britain it will be


We know there will be fireworks galore, possibly a colourful laser display, and almost certainly trapeze artists.

But in the first hint of the dominant theme for the London 2012 opening ceremony, the Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said on Wednesday it will depict a "modern Britain".

Jowell told a parliamentary committee meeting: "We are developing an approach that will be popular with people in this country. They [the opening and closing ceremonies] will be distinctly British and both they and the Games themselves will convey modern Britain more in tune than the stereotypes that parts of the world think about us".

So, if Routemaster buses, black cabs, Buckingham Palace guards and fish and chips are out, what will fill the void?

In the past opening ceremonies have been as politically correct as possible, so expect heavy elements of multiculturalism with, of course, nods to Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish tradition. Works by graffiti artist Banksy or the more mainstream Damien Hirst might make an appearance too. And a cute little girl or boy will sing.

Jowell said she had given approval for the London organising committee to use its contingency budget in order to strengthen the cabling of the lighting gantries to support a far heavier weight, which points to some kind of trapeze act.

One cautionary tip for the organisers: avoid over-complicating the critical flame-lighting moment. At both the Sydney Olympic Games and the recent Vancouver Winter Olympics, elements of the cauldron embarrassingly failed.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/oth...Stratford.html

Features a video of the progress to date.

London 2012: Olympic Park takes shape from the dirty soil of Stratford
The figures are so incredibly big, they are overwhelming: £3.5 billion has been spent on the Olympic park precinct at Stratford so far, another £1.6 billion will be injected this year alone.
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http://www.london2012.com/press/medi...dge-is-lif.php

Olympic Park architecture takes shape as 'striking' Central Park bridge is lifted into place
19 Mar 2010
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New images released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today show the structure of a key footbridge in the centre of the Olympic Park being lifted into place.

A design competition was held for the bridge in the early stages of the project, allowing it to become a key piece of architecture in the Olympic Park.

The Central Park footbridge spans the River Lea at a focal point between the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre, and features both permanent and temporary elements to integrate Games and legacy use.

The permanent legacy structure features two footbridges linked by a central blade-like walkway, creating a ‘Z’ shape to the bridge that spans either side of Carpenters Lock, a unique 1930s historic structure on the River Lea. During the Games a temporary deck will be placed between the permanent spans of the bridge to increase the width, allowing it to carry increased spectator numbers. The temporary Games-time bridge deck will be surfaced with a recycled rubber material featuring colours of the five Olympic rings.

ODA Director of Infrastructure and Utilities Simon Wright said: 'The Central Park bridge will help us lock-in legacy now by not only meeting Games-time needs but also leaving behind a striking structure in the heart of the Olympic Park for future generations to enjoy. Lifting in the main structural elements of the Central Park bridge is an important milestone and follows the good progress we are making in building new roads and bridges to create new links across the Olympic Park.'

The first structural steel elements of the Central Park bridge have now been lifted into place with an 8m-wide southern span weighing approximately 50 tonnes and a 6m-wide northern span weighing around 45 tonnes now installed. Work to lift in the central blade-like walkway will take place later in the spring. The structural elements of the bridge will then be clad with mirror-finished stainless steel designed to reflect the sunlight off the water in the River Lea.

Work will also begin shortly on the temporary deck between the permanent spans of the bridge to increase the Games-time width of the bridge to 55m. After the Games, the temporary elements will be removed and the areas around the bridge will be landscaped to create new meeting spaces and links above and below the bridge between the river tow paths, Carpenters Lock and the upper concourse in the Olympic Park.

The Central Park bridge has been designed by Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects, with Adams Kara Taylor Engineers, who were selected by a specialist jury following a design competition held for the project in 2007. The Central Park bridge is being built by Lagan Construction from Belfast. Construction work started in March 2009 and the bridge is due to be completed by the end of 2010.

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Old March 20th, 2010, 06:27 AM   #1511
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LOOK AT THISSS!!!!!

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Old March 20th, 2010, 09:42 AM   #1512
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Filthy.

Do not click that cheap.

Keep that out of London.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 10:57 PM   #1513
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Wonderful pictures in that article posted by jersey!
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Stratford to be new Manhattan in £10m Olympics facelift

New York's Fifth Avenue may be worlds away from London's East End, but work has begun on a £10 million scheme to turn Stratford High Street into a “Manhattan boulevard”.

The mile-long route is a key access point for the London Olympics and will form part of the 2012 marathon.

A facelift aiming to “breathe fresh life” into the high street will replace roads and pavements, remove railings and street clutter, improve lighting and plant 70 trees and 3,500 shrubs.

Authorities hope this will work in tandem with a series of major developments planned for the area.

A computer-generated image shows how Stratford High Street could look by the end of the decade once developments that already have planning approval are completed.

The road is expected to become home to at least 12,000 more people. More than 1,500 homes, shops and a 153-room hotel are under construction or have planning permission. Five tower blocks are planned. Stratford rail and DLR station is being upgraded and a £1.5 billion Westfield shopping centre — which aims to create 8,000 permanent jobswill open beside the Olympic stadium in September 2011.

Peter Andrews, chief executive of London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, which provided the £10 million, said their improvement programme aimed to make a fitting entrance to the 2012 Games.

Thames Gateway Minister Shahid Malik said they were starting to deliver on a pledge to leave a lasting legacy. London's five Olympic boroughs — Newham, Hackney, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest — have signed a deal pledging to improve the appearance of the area, increase employment, build affordable homes and boost services.

The deal is backed by £86.7 million from various government agencies. Schemes include improved town squares and big screens to watch the 2012 Games, better travel routes and enhanced parks and green spaces.


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Old March 21st, 2010, 01:44 PM   #1515
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Hi, first post here, but I have read all 76 pages here, and many of the other 2012 threads.

As someone born and bred in Mile End, (about 2 miles from the Olympic Park), my views may be considered biased, but I am genuinly getting excited by the work in Statford. I no longer live in that area, but do pass by the park on a regular basis. Even now, it does not take much imagination to see what urban legacy this park will leave for this part of London.

My overriding view, and hope, is that the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" will be the positive view from London 2012.

Yes, the Olympic Stadium is not the most advanced and aesthetically stunning stadium ever created for the Olympics, but it is practical. It was built to be temporary, and most will only see the inside of the arena whilst watching on TV. Yes, it would be nice to have this awesome monument, but in reality it would have the same effect, to many, as a firework....people will go "oooh that is pretty", before instantly forgetting it. Few casual observers will remember the Stadia at Munich, Montreal, Atlanta, or even Beijing etc.

There is enough beautiful venues to please those, like us, that are interested in architecture, such as the Velodrome and Aquatic Centre. The vast majority of the audience will also get to see what London is rightly proud of, Hyde Park, Horseguards Parade, Wimbledon, and Wembley etc, and more importantly how Brits support and love sports.

Post Olympics, London will have another great park with a number of quality sports facilities. This is how the success of the project should be judged, not just one temporary stadium.
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Old March 21st, 2010, 04:26 PM   #1516
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Indeed, best first post I've read on these forums
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Old March 21st, 2010, 05:38 PM   #1518
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Hi, first post here, but I have read all 76 pages here, and many of the other 2012 threads.

As someone born and bred in Mile End, (about 2 miles from the Olympic Park), my views may be considered biased, but I am genuinly getting excited by the work in Statford. I no longer live in that area, but do pass by the park on a regular basis. Even now, it does not take much imagination to see what urban legacy this park will leave for this part of London.

My overriding view, and hope, is that the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" will be the positive view from London 2012.

Yes, the Olympic Stadium is not the most advanced and aesthetically stunning stadium ever created for the Olympics, but it is practical. It was built to be temporary, and most will only see the inside of the arena whilst watching on TV. Yes, it would be nice to have this awesome monument, but in reality it would have the same effect, to many, as a firework....people will go "oooh that is pretty", before instantly forgetting it. Few casual observers will remember the Stadia at Munich, Montreal, Atlanta, or even Beijing etc.

There is enough beautiful venues to please those, like us, that are interested in architecture, such as the Velodrome and Aquatic Centre. The vast majority of the audience will also get to see what London is rightly proud of, Hyde Park, Horseguards Parade, Wimbledon, and Wembley etc, and more importantly how Brits support and love sports.

Post Olympics, London will have another great park with a number of quality sports facilities. This is how the success of the project should be judged, not just one temporary stadium.
i concur

IMO London will have the most recognisable and most famous/prestigious venues in modern Olympic history.
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Thanks for the nice comments, Ozric, RobH and Its Ail Guud. Yes it does seem as if London are playing to it's assets as opposed to creating some "Disney World" Olympics
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 03:45 PM   #1520
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Register for tickets at http://www.london2012.com/tickets/index.html

(official web site of Locog)

remember only buy tickets from "official sites" contact London 2012 (Locog) official organiser,
for full guidance. No tickets are on sale at the moment.

Its for UK and EU folk at first, there allocation.
As soon we know next allocation will post.

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