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Old July 14th, 2010, 04:25 PM   #1781
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looks like a circus tent, a very poor design and everything related to London 2012. that more than the Olympics seem an excuse to get money.

the only thing worthwhile will be the swimming center.
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Old July 14th, 2010, 05:01 PM   #1782
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It's entirely temporary - i.e. will only be used for a month - and will be a venue used in the evenings when it will be lit up with LED lighting, the cameras won't pick up on it much the rest of the time. £7.5bn is being spent on Olympic infrastrcture. It will all be world class.
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Old July 14th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #1783
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Old July 15th, 2010, 12:50 PM   #1784
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from http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/ju...s-venues-early

London Olympic venues 'will be finished early and under budget'

The man charged with building London's 2012 Olympic venues has vowed to have them finished early and with £850m to spare as the project enters its final stages.

David Higgins, the chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, made the predictions in an interview with the Guardian in which he also defended his salary.

Higgins – whose pay totalled £537,000 last year, even after deferring half of his £209,566 annual bonus until 2012 – recently topped a Cabinet Office list of the highest earners from the public purse.

"We're not civil servants with public service pensions or retirement benefits or redundancy packages. It's all based on performance," he said.

"The way I want people to judge myself, my team and our contractors is on our performance."

He said he and all senior executives, 15 of whom earn more than the prime minister, had opted to freeze their pay for a second year running, adding that several had also chosen to defer part of their performance-related bonuses until the completion of the project.

His own bonus was a matter for the government, he said. "That's still on ministers' desks – it's not going to be a top priority," he added. "They will review it. They haven't made any decisions at all yet."

The surprisingly intimate main stadium, the subject of a review by the Olympic Park Legacy Company to determine its post-2012 use – with a joint West Ham FC/Newham council bid and one from the O2's owner, AEG, among the options – has been designed to remain at 80,000 seats or be reduced to 55,000 or 25,000 afterwards.

With just over two years until the Olympic flame is lit on 27 July 2012, the main stadium is nearly finished, with 6,400 of the 80,000 seats installed. The other venues are not far behind.

Higgins said that the major venues would be ready for handover well before the target of next summer.

On completion, they will be handed over to the organising committee, chaired by Lord Coe, which will then make them ready for the Olympics and conduct a series of test events.

The athletes' village would also be finished well ahead of the target of January 2012, he said.

"You can see a skyline and a landscape that works. The unsung hero of the venues is the velodrome, which is efficient and startling," he said.

A big-name sprinter will run in the stadium for the first time later this month on a 60-metre running track to tie in with the two-year milestone. The final track will be laid next year.

Higgins said the project was entering the final straight, with 10 new milestones for the next year due to be published on Thursday.

"We're not complacent. This is the most complex part with all the contractors doing fit-out, and it's when the accidents can happen," he said.

"The main figure I focus on is the anticipated final cost of £7.26bn. You won't see a big change in that figure.

"Since the date we set out our baseline report in December 2006, when it was £7.15bn, it has changed by 2% over 3½ years.

"In the middle of that we had the credit crunch, the fall-over of financing on the village and the media centre and everything else.

"If we can deliver that for the government, that will be a fantastic result. That will be £850m under the original target of £8.1bn."

The £8.1bn is the ODA's portion of the overall £9.35bn budget, with most of the rest earmarked for security. The organising committee's separate budget of £2bn is raised privately.

The sports and Olympics minister, Hugh Robertson, is keen to hold on to that £850m in case of unforeseen costs in other areas such as security and transport.

"If they want to use the rest of the money for other issues, that's for politicians to work out," Higgins said.

"They can take whatever they like. It's their money. Increasingly, they are saying to us: 'Focus on the £7.26bn and don't worry about the rest. Leave that to us.' Where it sits is for the Treasury to decide. We shouldn't be distracted by that."

The 2,800 two, three and four-bedroom apartments that will emerge from the village that will house 17,000 athletes during the games will go on sale to the public next September.

It is likely that the ODA will return to the private sector before the end of the year, after taking the decision in March 2009 to pay for the construction from public funds at the height of the property crash.

The accommodation, a combination of housing authority and private sales, will start to be occupied from March 2014.

"We will open the park in May 2013 and when we open it we want to open it finished as much as possible," Higgins said. "We don't want people moving into a construction site."
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Old July 15th, 2010, 01:21 PM   #1785
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a giant construction!
also a giant mess!
But the venues are amazing except for Handball Arena, it looks like a rip off of Beijing Aquatic Centre
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Old July 15th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #1786
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What, because it's rectangular? It's nothing like it.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 03:03 PM   #1787
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Oh dear god there are some idiots on the Internet aren't there.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 09:08 PM   #1788
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Milestones and targets for 2010-2011 published (pdf)
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Old July 15th, 2010, 10:43 PM   #1789
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looks like a circus tent, a very poor design and everything related to London 2012. that more than the Olympics seem an excuse to get money.

the only thing worthwhile will be the swimming center.
You are aware of the fact that the Olympics is a sporting spectacle? Yes?

It's not an architecture exhibition. It's about people and great sport. Not buildings.

London is constructing permanent, world class sporting facilities that it needs. Any facilities that it doesn't need permanently, but which it needs for the Olympics, will be temporary.

That means that, after the Olympics in London, unlike Beijing and countless other Olympic cities before it, there will be no useless and unused sporting venues going to waste and costing tax payers millions of pounds.

In this respect, London is a pioneer and model for all future Olympic Games. Rio is already proposing similar measures.

So you'd better get used to it.
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Old July 16th, 2010, 01:11 PM   #1790
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Old July 16th, 2010, 02:11 PM   #1791
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looks a bit like that thing, wich Xena throws on her enemies
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Old July 16th, 2010, 07:31 PM   #1792
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Old July 16th, 2010, 08:57 PM   #1793
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You are aware of the fact that the Olympics is a sporting spectacle? Yes?

It's not an architecture exhibition. It's about people and great sport. Not buildings.

London is constructing permanent, world class sporting facilities that it needs. Any facilities that it doesn't need permanently, but which it needs for the Olympics, will be temporary.

That means that, after the Olympics in London, unlike Beijing and countless other Olympic cities before it, there will be no useless and unused sporting venues going to waste and costing tax payers millions of pounds.

In this respect, London is a pioneer and model for all future Olympic Games. Rio is already proposing similar measures.

So you'd better get used to it.
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Old July 16th, 2010, 10:38 PM   #1794
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You have to wonder sometimes if British people have a clearer understanding of world events and general common sense then others which is why they have the majority of arguments on this forum. People just cant grasp whats being done. Some posts (all from foreigners) are nothing shy of dumb!
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Old July 16th, 2010, 10:47 PM   #1795
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That's a bit harsh. British people are bound to have a clearer understanding of London 2012 than other members here. There's a difference between trolls and those who come up with seemingly silly points but are genuinly curious and interested in the project nonetheless.
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Old July 16th, 2010, 11:05 PM   #1796
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Sorry about the size of this, but I really thought it worth posting here. Aerial view across whole Park:

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Old July 17th, 2010, 01:34 PM   #1797
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Old July 17th, 2010, 02:10 PM   #1798
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Nice to see a pic of the whole site, i think that the landscaping is going to be what makes the whole design!!
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Old July 17th, 2010, 04:35 PM   #1799
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Awesome! I'll try to come for the Olympics
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