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Simply brilliant. :applause:
Great images of a fantastic building. I love the mix of materials and the seeming high quality of the build. If I was to offer any criticism I would question the colour of the yellow seats…seems an odd choice. But a quite remarkable building.:popcorn:
 

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Great images of a fantastic building. I love the mix of materials and the seeming high quality of the build. If I was to offer any criticism I would question the colour of the yellow seats…seems an odd choice. But a quite remarkable building.:popcorn:
The yellow seats are in temporary structures on the side of the building that will be dismantled after the games. The main white seating area will be retained. The capacity will reduce from 17,500 during the games, to 2.500 after.
 

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London Olympics: 50 weeks to go: Bikes and Basketball open first

A big week ahead for the Olympic Park as it holds inaugural test events ahead of the games, the first chance for competitors to use the facilities and for spectators to attend the venue.

Basketball goes first on Tuesday, with an invitational tournament, but perhaps more interesting for youngsters not looking for a confrontation with plod is the first go on the brand new, purpose-built BMX track at the World Cup event that starts on Friday.

It marks the first step at the end of a very long journey for James Bulley who began working on London's bid in 2003 and is now Locog's Director of Venues. "To have spent all this time planning and preparing, to get your hands on a venue and actually put some sport on at the Olympic Park and seeing the event take place is going to be a pretty thrilling moment for us," he said.

When the riders start down the eight-metre ramp on to a track made of approximately three Olympic swimming pools worth of dirt, it will be a satisfying moment for the director: "I look back over these last eight years, and this has not been something that we have just been quietly and happily ploughing away at there's always challenges … But to get to this stage, where we're putting on events in venues that have been built on time and to budget – it's really quite exciting."

In legacy terms, there is much to be excited about here as well. The BMX track will be reconfigured to suit all ages and abilities, then joined with the Velodrome, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course as part of the new "VeloPark" a public hub for the sport.

But that remains a long way off. For Bulley, this is the start of the home straight. "In January we take over the Olympic Park in its entirety. Whereas it's been a building site for the last four years, it becomes a living breathing operational site for us," he said. "We're absolutely now on a countdown."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/aug/13/olympic-park-london-2012
 

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The yellow seats are in temporary structures on the side of the building that will be dismantled after the games. The main white seating area will be retained. The capacity will reduce from 17,500 during the games, to 2.500 after.
Yeah I know. Still wouldn't have chosen yellow.
 

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Thames Water begins pipe replacement project near Olympic Park

Thames Water is replacing century-old pipes near the Olympic Park in a bid to reduce leaks and bursts. The £630,000 project in Waltham Forest, London started last weekend (13 August) and will see the water company lay 1.8km of robust plastic piping in place of 100-year-old cast iron pipes.

As part of the project, which is expected to take around four months, pipes in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, will initially be replaced before work can be done in other areas. According to Thames Water, the plastic pipes will significantly reduce the volume of water that is lost through leaks and help to avoid future disruption to services.

Thames Water's head of capital delivery, Lawrence Gosden, said: "The pipe we are replacing is old and leaky. Not only does this waste water, it also inconveniences people when we have to dig up the road and do repairs.

"While we apologise for the inevitable disruption work of this nature causes, replacing old and leaking mains is essential as our water resources come under increasing pressure from climate change and population growth."

There are no planned road closures although traffic management will be in place. Customers whose water supply will be affected will be notified in advance.

In the past five years Thames Water claims to have installed 1,300 miles of new pipe, helping to reduce leakage by 27%.
http://www.edie.net/news/news_story...s+pipe+replacement+project+near+Olympic+Park+
 
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