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Aquatics Centre factfile:
The Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics
Centre is located in the south of the
Olympic Park and will be the main
‘Gateway into the Games’, hosting
swimming, diving, synchronised
swimming, water polo finals and the
swimming discipline of the Modern
Pentathlon.
The Aquatics Centre will have a
capacity of 17,500 during the Games.
This will be reduced to a maximum of
2,500 in legacy, with the ability to add
1,000 for major events. It will house
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two 50m long swimming pools, a
diving pool and dry diving area.
Eleven industrial buildings have been
demolished on the 55,000 m
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site.
Around 160,000 tonnes of soil have
been excavated on what was one of
the more challenging and complex
areas of the Olympic Park, which was
contaminated with pollutants including
petrol, oil, tar, solvents and heavy
metals such as arsenic and lead.
Four skeletons were discovered and
removed from a prehistoric
settlement discovered on the site of
the Aquatic Centre.
140,000 tonnes of clean soil has been
brought from other areas of the
Olympic Park to prepare for
construction to start.
Planning permission has been
achieved and Balfour Beatty is
building the Aquatics Centre and
huge land-bridge that forms the roof
of the training pool and the main
ABOVE: Around 160,000 tonnes of soil have been dug out of what was one of the more challenging
and complex areas of the Olympic Park, contaminated with pollutants including petrol, oil, tar,
pedestrian access to the Olympic
solvents and heavy metals such as arsenic and lead Park. Construction work will be
complete in 2011 for test events
BELOW: Planning permission has been achieved and Balfour Beatty is building the Aquatics Centre
and huge land-bridge that forms the roof of the training pool and the main pedestrian access to the
ahead of the Games.
Olympic Park. Construction work will be complete in 2011 for test events ahead of the Games The river that runs alongside the
venue has been widened by 8m by
building 550m of new river walls.
A 3,000 tonne concrete ‘bridge’ has
been built spanning and protecting
the tunnels, which have been
excavated to run power lines beneath
the site. The north west roof support
will be built on top of this base.
The steel frame is in place for the
north east roof support, with a 4m
high concrete podium already poured.
Construction of the London 2012
venues and infrastructure is funded
by the National Lottery through the
UK’s Olympic Lottery Distributor, The
Department for Culture, Media and
Sport, the Mayor of London and the
London Development Agency.
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