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Old September 22nd, 2010, 03:19 AM   #1881
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Does anyone have pics or a render of how the torch will look?
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We don't know yet, hasn't been revealed.
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 04:07 PM   #1883
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Olympics showcase: translating the architects' vision for the Aquatics Centre

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Compared with some recent Olympics, London’s games will be a stripped-down affair. The organisers decided to avoid the architectural fantasias of Beijing’s improbable Bird’s Nest Stadium and shimmering Water Cube in place of more utilitarian buildings, exemplified by the no-frills bowl of the athletics stadium now looming above Stratford Olympic Park.

However, top-notch architecture is on display, most notably in the Aquatics centre. Perched to the west of the stadium across the Plaza where 250,000 visitors will enter the park every day, the building’s swooping roof spreads its winged form over three pools (one for the main swimming events, one for diving and one for practice purposes in the basement) and 18,000 spectators. The design, by Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, was chosen in a competition. It will be the first of her projects to be built in her home country.

But the striking roof, with its three-dimensional curves, presented a real challenge to the engineers who had to realise Hadid’s design. Measuring 160m in length and 90m in width, it appears to float unsupported above the pools and seating. How do you build a structure like that? And worse, how do you build it in a recession, under the scrutiny of an organising body determined to pare costs down as much as possible, and pressure from the media determined to seize upon any evidence of extravagance?

Addressing a recent meeting organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering, project director Stuart Frazer of Balfour Beatty said that there were many challenges on the site. ’First, there was the remediation from the site’s use pre-war and into the 1950s and 1960s - Stratford used to be a big railway town and there were the remains of facilities for manufacturing steam locomotives and carriages,’ he added. ’We then inherited the remediated site in June 2008 to start work, much of which had to be carried out below the water table. That presented another problem: there are two tunnels that run immediately below our site, 20m underground.’ Known as the PLUG (power line underground) tunnels, these carry electricity to the north end of the site.

However, the roof presented the biggest challenge: a highly complex structure, it also serves as a showpiece for British architecture. Part of the problem was that the competition was actually part of the London 2012 bidding process and was therefore designed before the games were assigned to London, according to Mike King, an associate director of engineering consultancy Arup, who led the project to build the aquatics centre. ’This was to show the International Olympics Committee [IOC] that London was serious about the games and was prepared to invest in cutting-edge architecture,’ he said. However, once the games were won, it became obvious that certain parts of the design would need to be rethought.



The design presented to the IOC showed the venue in games and legacy modes, but there wasn’t much difference between the two. ’For the games mode, it was a case of tucking in the seating under the roof, then, after, the Olympics installing a new facade some distance back from where it had been during the event,’ added King. ’And that was how the design looked in 2005. After that, we went back and looked at where the focus should be. The advice was that we should focus on the legacy and think about how we could adapt that for the Olympics.’

This meant that the size of the roof was reduced, cutting back the overhanging wings to a scale more in proportion with the building’s post-games capacity. The seating was also redesigned, from sweeping curves to a right-angled grid that was easier and cheaper to model and build.

The focus then came back to the roof. ’One of the key things in the project was the reduction in risk, or the perception of risk, so the ODA created a dialogue process where the design team would sit down with potential contractors to instil confidence that the scheme was buildable,’ explained King. The result of this was that architects and engineers spent approximately four months revisiting the design to make the structure less complex, while retaining its distinctive shape.

In the previous design, the two arches that form the winged side sections of the roof transferred forces into the ground. ’There was a huge thrust into the ground and we had a tie buried in the substructure beneath the ground to cope with that,’ he added. The roof itself was to be built from support beams that followed its double-curved shape.

This part of the design did not survive the rethink. Even with its reduced scale, the roof was still huge and had to sit on main supports that were only 22m wide, and the wings overhang these supports on both sides. ’If you draw a line down from the tip of the roof, you have a 27m overhang from your last line of support, bang in the middle of this 120m span,’ said King.

The result was a structure formed from two-dimensional roof trusses that travel from the front to the back of the roof’s long axis, perpendicular to the wings. These are made from sections of fabricated steel, all of the same dimensions, to ensure that all the nodes - where the trusses are fixed to other sections - are the same. The wings are still arches but, rather than transferring thrust into the ground, they are connected to in-plane trusses and transfer their weight via tie into the central trusses. ’It’s an elegant, closed form in that all the forces are contained within the roof,’ added King.

The complex three-dimensional curve of the roof is created by the purlins, which run perpendicular to the trusses, but even these only have to be curved in one dimension. ’If you look at the top surface, which is clad in aluminium, and the bottom, which is clad in timber, we get that great seductive curve from simple 2D elements that are universal beam sections - cheap and cheerful, if you like, because it’s economical and easily fabricated.’

The roof is supported on spherical bearings, fixed at one end and sliding at the other. One allows movement longitudinally but not laterally, which helps the structure to withstand the wind; the other two can slide in both directions.

Balfour Beatty found the new design relatively simple to work with, said Frazer. ’We had visions of erecting the roof on the floor and lifting it, but it’s 11m high at its highest point, so that wasn’t practical,’ he said. ’We made the steel pieces flat, lying on their sides, then towed them down to the site and lifted them onto three trestles that provided temporary propping.’

Two years ahead of the games and the roof is complete, with pods containing security cameras, lights and speakers ready to be installed in the space between the outer and inner cladding. Inside, the warm timber panels of the roof will form a smooth, uninterrupted curve.

’Come 2012, we’ll have a series of venues that are a testament to UK construction and engineering,’ said Frazer.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 10:44 PM   #1884
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First tile laid in London 2012 Olympics swimming pool


Foster said the centre would be 'buzzing' during the games

The first tile in the London 2012 Olympics swimming pool complex has been laid by world swimming champion Mark Foster.

Some 180,000 tiles will line the 50m (164 ft) competition pool, plus the training and dive pools.

The ceiling of the 17,500-seat venue is being clad with more than 30,000 pieces of timber.

Mark Foster, 50m freestyle world record holder, said it would be a "fantastic facility".

He said: "The aquatics centre will be buzzing during the games.

"Afterwards [it] will be a fantastic new facility for the Olympic and Paralympic athletes of the future and the local community."

Between them the pools will hold 10 million litres of water.

The two seating stands will weigh in at 1,600 tonnes each.

Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins said: "Starting tiling of the pools is another milestone towards completing the Aquatics Centre next summer ready for test events.

"With the covering of the sweeping roof complete and ceiling under way the venue is on track."
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Old September 26th, 2010, 07:17 PM   #1885
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Discovery Channel´s show Mega Builders made an episode about the Aquatic Centre
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Old September 26th, 2010, 11:19 PM   #1886
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100,000th visitor sees Olympic Park progress during Open House

The Olympic Park welcomed its 100,000th visitor as part of Open House weekend.


Siobhan McDermot was the 100,000 visitor to the Olympic Park
The Olympic Park welcomed Siobhan McDermot the 100,000th visitor as part of London London Open House weekend.

For the fourth year running the Olympic Park opened to the public with more than 4,000 people joining bus tours around the site to see the progress being made in the ‘big build’ of the main sporting venues, infrastructure and parklands.

People attending Open House also had the opportunity to meet Olympians John Regis, Tessa Sanderson and Mark Foster, as well as key figures involved in the design, construction and legacy of the Olympic Park and the running of the Games themselves.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) also runs regular daily, evening and weekend tours of the Olympic Park for local people, schools, Host Boroughs and a huge range of organisations.

The 100,000th Olympic Park visitor, Siobhan McDermott from Hackney said: 'It was spectacular to get up close to the venues that we've seen develop over the last four years. It was particularly special to stand at the end of the 100m straight in the Olympic Stadium with John Regis. I'm looking forward to coming back in 2012.'

ODA Chairman John Armitt said: 'Seeing is believing and we have tried to open up the Olympic Park "big build" to as many people as possible so they can see for themselves the progress being made. Open House is a great opportunity for thousands of people to return each year and follow the transformation of what was a predominantly industrial area into a new part of London with world-class sports venues, housing and infrastructure set in a fantastic new park.'

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Old September 27th, 2010, 12:17 AM   #1887
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That is really exciting, they are using wood!
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Old September 27th, 2010, 04:00 AM   #1888
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Don´t they use always wood for the velodrome tracks?
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Old September 27th, 2010, 09:30 AM   #1889
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they do most of the time, the atlanta games used a steel frame and a synthetic surface. It's mainly up to the designer....
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Old September 29th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #1890
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NBC network to televise 200 hours plus from London 2012

The NBC network will broadcast more than 200 hours from the London 2012 Olympics, almost a 25 per cent increase on what they showed from Beijing 2008, they have revealed.

Dick Ebersol, the chairman of NBC Universal Sports, made the announcement during the United States Olympic Committee's Assembly in Colorado Springs.

NBC's cable partners also will expand their coverage by 100 hours and average 50 hours a day.NBC's network and cable partners broadcast a total of 3,600 hours during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 835 during the Winter Games in Vancouver earlier this year.

When NBC televised the Olympics for the first time - in Tokyo in 1964 - they showed a total of just 15 hours.

London will be the seventh consecutive Olympics that NBC has shown but is the last Games that they won as part of the record $2.2 billion (£1.3 billion) deal they signed with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2003.

An NBC delegation earlier this month visited London for the first of what are set to be several operational meetings. They plan to base up to 1,000 people in London during the Olympics, including camera crews, reporters, makeup artists, chefs, doctors and runners.

The IOC has yet to begin negotiating for the United States television rights for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
A fragile economic climate in the United States had prompted the IOC to delay the start of negotiations.

But Jacques Rogge, the President of the IOC, said last night that he expects negotiations to open before the end of this year."We will most likely start negotiations either at the end of this year or in the beginning of next year," Rogge told Associated Press.

"The economy is improving, and the economy is definitely the major factor for which we waited."Broadcasters in the United States are funded exclusively by advertising. "We now see signals and we hear from our partners in the advertising world that advertising is coming up.

"So we are waiting for that to negotiate."NBC will bid to keep the rights but face opposition from ABC-ESPN, CBS, Fox Sport and Turner, who Rogge expects to all bid."It's not going to be an easy discussion but there is good will on both sides to find a good solution," Rogge told Associated Press.

"We want to find a win-win solution in the long term." Ebersol claimed that he is happy with the IOC decision to delay negotiations."You have no choice," he said.

"You go by what they say and when they want to do it.

"I have been so lucky for such a long period of time that I'm going to just keep rubbing my rabbit's foot."
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Up to £10 million is up for grabs for London sports venues that want to attract Olympic athletes in their training for 2012

The upgrade fund is available to schools, universities, sports clubs and leisure centres which sign up to become an official Games training venue.

London 2012 and the Olympic Delivery Authority are managing the project and funding most of the capital works needed. They have struck deals with 16 venues and another 12, which are largely football training facilities outside London, are due to sign up by the end of the year.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, speaking at Redbridge Sports & Leisure Centre, the first venue to be signed up, said: “These are first-rate venues that will provide excellent training facilities for athletes getting ready for the biggest sporting competition in their careers.

“It is important that they have high-quality training areas for their final preparations. Funding from the ODA has helped upgrade these facilities.

“This is a tangible benefit of the Games because these upgrades will be available for use afterwards, ensuring that local communities have access to the facilities as well.”

Olympics and Paralympic athletes from more than 200 countries will use the training facilities after they move into the Games Village in Stratford 11 days before competition begins.

Venues must be no more than 30 minutes away and will also offer medical facilities, changing rooms and catering.

ODA chairman John Armitt said: “By investing in existing facilities where possible, the best value for the taxpayer has been secured in addition to sports provision being significantly improved across the area.

“Venues will be left with world-class courts and surfaces which will serve the community for years to come.”

Redbridge Sports & Leisure Centre will provide training for badminton, judo and wrestling during the Olympics and for goalball during the Paralympics.

The ODA grant is to help build a £6.4 million badminton and netball centre, with about half the amount coming from the Trust which runs the centre, in addition to external funding from organisations such as Sport England (National Lottery), Badminton England, the London Marathon Trust and England Netball.

Redbridge Sport & Leisure was also awarded a further £200,000 towards the cost of the new badminton hall after becoming the first successful applicant of London Mayor Boris Johnson's new community sports funding scheme - the PlaySport London Facilities Fund.

He said: “This funding ensures that the local community will be able to benefit from state of the art facilities post 2012.”
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Property price rise double in East thanks to the Olympics effect

The rise in asking prices for property in London's Olympic boroughs is almost twice that in other parts of the capital.

New research shows that the asking prices for homes in east London also bucked the national trend of falling values.

In the 12 months to September, the average asking price in Greenwich, Hackney, Newham and Waltham Forest increased by three per cent from £276,751 to £284,396, according to the research by property website FindaProperty.co.uk.

In the same period, prices in London's other boroughs grew by an average of only 1.6 per cent, while across the country as a whole asking prices fell by 0.3 per cent.

The only exception to this was Tower Hamlets where prices remained fairly stagnant, dropping by about one per cent.

The sharpest rises were in Newham, where the athletes' village is under construction and where many of the main facilities will be located. Prices there rose by seven per cent year-on-year.

Despite this, the borough remains London's second cheapest — after Barking & Dagenham — with an average asking price of £230,752. The website's analyst, Nigel Lewis, said: “When London first won the Games in 2005, property prices in the area increased sharply. Some thought this would tail off but we're finding that the Olympic effect is having a lasting impact.

"These areas have some of the cheapest property in London but will benefit from a huge investment in infrastructure that will have an impact far beyond the Olympics.

"The closer we get to the Games, the more people are seeing effects such as new rail links and shopping centres which are making these areas more popular and driving up prices.”
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Old October 5th, 2010, 04:27 AM   #1893
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Looking good & making good progress!!!!
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Old October 5th, 2010, 05:28 AM   #1894
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The village is alittle too generic in design. Its a decent scheme, just would have liked some variation.
Not dissimilar to any other Olympic Village. They appear generic in construction and often remain that way until after the Games.

When villages start moving into legacy mode you start to see some variation in improvements/maintenance which give it a bit more character.

I'm sure it won't look as plain once the vegetation and softer infrastructure goes in. Same can be said for the Olympic Park in general.
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Well the design quality went out the door when the crunch occured. Have a friend at one of the firms, and they were pressed to provide only the basics, and reduce room sizes as far as possible, with cheap easily to install "facades"

I still think given its scale, it might outdo Vancouver, the best village thus far.
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New vision: the Olympic Park with the Orbit Tower could become one of London’s top visitor attractions after 2012

London's Olympic Park legacy plans has been dramatically redrawn to encourage middle-class families to move into the area.

Thousands of homes with gardens will be built instead of "soulless" high-rise flats.

New neighbourhoods with shared family squares will be created in the Regency and Georgian style of London's smartest streets.

Apartments with canalside views will also be marketed as an affordable alternative to Islington or Camden.

The idea, mooted by Olympic legacy chief Baroness Ford, is designed to solve the city's looming housing crisis and ensure the Games delivers lasting improvements to London. She wants to build fewer but grander homes as part of a general scaling-down of the area's housing plan.

Lady Ford criticised the 2008 Park masterplan for having too many "soulless" high-rise apartments.She argued that with 7,000 flats already in the pipeline, including the 2,800-unit athletes' village, there was a need instead for family homes with gardens.

She said: "London is crying out for decent-quality family housing both to rent and to buy and, given the assets here, this is destined to be a park for London families. I think this masterplan has a much sharper focus and reflects the best of London."

The work is scheduled to begin in 2014 although the transformation will not be completed for two decades. Lady Ford, a regeneration expert who took the Millennium Dome off the taxpayers' hands, has divided the 300-acre site, previously an industrial area in the Lower Lea Valley, into four districts: two commercial zones, a sports and cultural "plaza" and the natural parklands in the north.

She added: "The Empire exhibition and the Festival of Britain have left great new quarters of London, whether it's the South Bank or South Kensington. We want to do the same in the South Plaza with a great recreational space for Londoners."

The two commercial "bookends" of the Park will be around the Olympic media centre in Hackney Wick, with hopes for 5,000 new jobs in the "creative industries", and in the east the £1.4billion Westfield shopping centre. Lady Ford's Olympic Park Legacy Company - which next year will come under the full control of City Hall - hopes to secure planning permission from the Olympic Delivery Authority and sign up the first private sector developer before the Games are held in 2012.

Proceeds from selling the site to property developers are expected to reach £2billion and will pay back the Lottery's Olympic contribution and the Treasury.
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70.000 volunteers are needed, it took me an hour to fill out the registration form...? I don t understand why do you have to go to London for the interview, before it was at the embassy in your own country (so they say).
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