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THIS: Four skeletons were discovered and removed from a prehistoric settlement discovered on the site of the Aquatic Centre
OPPOSITE: The river that runs alongside the venue has been widened by 8m by building 550m of new river walls. 140,000 tonnes of clean soil has been
brought from other areas of the Olympic Park to prepare for construction to start. Eleven industrial buildings have been demolished on the 55,000 m
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site
AQUATICS CENTRE STARTS TO
Progress is being made
on the Zaha Hadid
designed Aquatics
Centre for the 2012
London Olympics
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mages from the London 2012 Olympic
Delivery Authority show the Aquatics
Centre starting to take shape.
Work, which started two months ahead
of schedule, is now complete on the
southern roof support for the 160m long
wave shaped roof of the centre that will
mark the gateway to the Olympic Park
during the 2012 Games. The southern roof
ABOVE: The Aquatics Centre will have a capacity of 17,500 during the Games, reducing to a
support is 9m high, 28m long, over 5m
maximum of 2,500 in legacy, with the ability to add 1,000 for major events, and provide two 50m
wide and used 850m³ of concrete. swimming pools, a diving pool and dry diving area – facilities London does not have at present
Work on the two northern roof supports
BELOW: The sweeping roof, which is 160m long and 80m at its widest point, is an innovative 2,800
for the 2,800 tonne steel roof has started.
tonne steel structure with a striking and robust aluminium covering resting on three supports
Construction of the sweeping roof is
expected to start in early 2009. The roof,
which is 160m long and 80m at its widest
point, features a ‘striking and robust’
aluminium covering resting on three
supports. It will be internally and externally
clad with timber.
In legacy the Aquatics Centre will
provide elite and community facilities that
London does not currently have. The pools
have been excavated and three quarters of
the foundations are complete, with about
1,000 concrete piles driven to a maximum
depth of 25m.
The concrete foundations are also
being built for the supports of the huge
land bridge that will form the roof of the
50m training pools and the main
pedestrian access to the Olympic Park
during and after the Games. spn
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