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should there be a thread for this? I kind of thought that as things get completed maybe pics could go here:
hopkins architects: london 2012 olympic velodrome complete
over 18 months before the start of the games, london-based hopkins architects have completed the '2012 olympic velodrome', making it the first venue to be officially handed over to the olympic delivery authority. built on the old home of the eastway cycle track, the 6,000-seat indoor facility features a distinct, double-curve roof which was the result of an focused study into the performance and efficiency of the building.
The only thing I'm not convinced about on the velodrome is the ceiling - it feels a bit bland & value engineered compared to the rest of the space - I can't help thinking they could have done something more interesting, more like the Vancouver speed skating rink, which looked amazing.
Should there be a thread for this? I kind of thought that as things get completed maybe pics could go here
There's the London Stadium development thread, which is full of construction photos, and isn't dedicated solely to the Olympic venues, so it's nice to have a new thread just for London 2012.
For those who don't know, London's Games is split between a large new Olympic Park in East London - most of whose venues should be completed this year - and well known venues across London like Wembley and Wimbldeon. There are also events outside of the capitial, like the football tournament which is nationwide, and the sailing events which will be on the south coast.
Here's a more full account of what you'll be seeing in just over a year....
Olympic Park: (u/c)
I posted a lot of new construction photos in the stadiums thread a week or so ago, so for those who want to see the progress of the main Olympic Park, here's that post:
London is doing a fantastic job in getting ready for the Olympics, it really seems that the 2012 games will be among the best in history.
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London is doing a great job!! They are doing a good job. Fixing the tube to avoid any problems as overcrowded tube stations, new buildings etc. All these is given oppurtunity to people to work which is even better. I can't wait for the Olympic games is going to be one of the best event ever!
Construction completed at the London Olympic Stadium
Today marked the end of construction on London’s most avidly-awaited structure over the last three years – the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Designed by Populous, the ‘centre piece’ of the Stratford site is an ellipse, measuring 315m at its longest axis and 256m at its shortest axis. The final step will be to lay the running track, put off to ensure its protection during the programme of temporary overlay work for ceremonies.
Construction on the project commenced in May 2008 and now, less than three years later, the Olympic Stadium has been completed on time, under budget and touting an exemplary safety record. A ceremonial laying of the last strip of turf was attended by Chairman of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and Olympian Frank Fredericks, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Chairman John Armitt, London 2012 Chair Sebastian Coe and 400m hurdles Olympic medallist Tasha Danvers. Local schoolchildren also turned out to watch the completion of this important project.