New aerial images of the Olympic Park show that the ‘big build’ is nearly 80 per cent complete, with the main venues due to be finished this summer, a year before the 2012 Olympic Games
John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), said: “These new images show the transformation of a former industrial area into a great new park with world-class sports venues and a new network of roads, bridges and infrastructure built for the Games and legacy.”
Team GB cyclists recently took to the Velodrome track to mark the venue’s completion. The Velodrome has now been handed over to the London 2012 Organising Committee so it can prepare for test events.
Other recent progress includes:
• Stadium: Structurally complete with roof, lighting and seating installed. Ready to start laying turf for the field of play and the installation of the running track later this year.
• Aquatics Centre: Permanent structure and wave-shaped roof in place. Dive pool and two 50m pools tested and tiling in progress. Moveable floors and separator booms being installed to enable a range of community uses in legacy.
• Olympic Village: More than three-quarters of the residential plots structurally complete and Chobham Academy school nearly finished. Creation of the Village wetlands and landscaping well under way.
• Media facilities: Structures of International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre are complete. A 2,500m2 brown roof for wildlife under construction on Main Press Centre.
• Parklands: More than 1,500 trees and thousands of wetland plants planted and meadows sown around the Olympic Stadium. Area includes riverside spectator lawns, timber seating, frog ponds, loggeries, wildflower meadows, woodlands and footpaths.
Latest figures show that as work reaches its peak more than 12,000 people are employed in the construction of the Olympic Park and Village.