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what happened? you stop updating this thread! i loved looking at the renderings and construction pictures!
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Perhaps I can provide some updates, certainly so far as the Olympic venues are going:

Stadium:

The lighting rigs are now in place and they're ready to roll on the fabric roof and put the wrap on:







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Basketball Arena:

The sections are being pulled up one by one. This is a temporary venue. It'll be clad with panels which will be lit up for night time competition.





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Aquatic Centre:

The diving pool has been dug, the roof is in place and is being clad at the moment:

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Velodrome:

The cable-net roof is in place and the roof panels are going to be dropped square by square into this structure. The structure will be watertight by the summer and the track will start to be laid in the Autumn




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Lords:

The configuration for archery at Lord's Cricket Ground has been confirmed.

The London 2012 organising committee (Locog) and the MCC have unveiled their plans for transforming the home of cricket into a temporary archery venue, which involve two temporary stands being built on the outfield and the pavilion potentially being opened to the general public.

The layout, which has clearly been devised with television in mind, will see archers firing against the background of the pavilion, with the targets situated on the other side of the square.




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Greenwich Park:

Planning permission was finally granted last week after local protests groups tried to get the Equestrian events moved elsewhere. Thank God they didn't succeed, this is going to be a magnificent backdrop:

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Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre:


The starting pool of the Olympic competition course has now been completed and the venue is on track to be completed later this year.

The White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, is being built by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and will host the Canoe Slalom events during the Olympic Games. Before and after 2012, the venue will be owned, funded and operated by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) as a sporting and leisure facility for canoeing and white-water rafting, as well as a major competition and training venue for elite events.



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A full list of venue can of course be seen here:

http://www.london2012.com/games/venues/index.php (though Villa Park and NGA2 are no longer being used or built)

But so far as significant venue updates since this thread was last updated go, I think that's about it.
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Some new pictures from the London 2012 website:





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i remember seeing this site and thinking about how this would be the worst summer olympics (venue wise) in a while, but just like everything in london, it grew on me. amazing place, i hope i get to visit some day!
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Olympic Park fly-through March 2010

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London 2012 Olympic Village

The Olympic Village is coming along well - Pics sourced by DarJoLe at SSC.








London 2012 Water Polo Venue

Images and text sourced by Mo Rush over at SSC.

The Water Polo venue is part of the Aquatics Centre, which forms the gateway to the Olympic Park in Stratford. The venue is a temporary structure to host the Olympic Water Polo events.



Over the next few months, the Olympic Delivery Authority will be seeking detailed planning approval to build the temporary venue. The planning submission will describe the size and scale of the venue in addition to how it will look and operate during the 2012 Games. It is intended that construction will start in March 2011.

Timeline
May 2010 - Planning submission for Water Polo venue
Spring 2011 - Construction due to start
Summer 2012 - Olympic and Paralympic Games
After the Games - Venue is taken down

Design
During the Games the Water Polo venue will provide seating for 5,000 spectators. The building will accommodate two swimming pools; one will be used by the athletes to ‘warm up’ and the second is where the Water Polo competitions will take place.

Spectators will be seated across two stands, in an asymmetrical seating bowl which will provide a fantastic view of the action.
The venue structure and elements will be dismantled after the Games for use elsewhere as there is no long-term need for a venue of this capacity in east London, given the other new permanent venues that will remain in the Park after 2012 such as the Aquatics Centre.

Access and Inclusion
The Water Polo venue has been designed so that both spectators and athletes can enjoy the facilities equally, regardless of disability, age, ethnicity, gender, or faith. For example, the venue will feature step-free access for spectators, athletes and support staff.
Accessible seating will be positioned to provide fantastic views for all competitions.

Getting to the action
Most spectators will get to the Water Polo venue through one of the three ‘gateway’ stations – Stratford Regional, Stratford International or West Ham. Spectators will also be able to use a number of walking and cycle routes to reach the venue.

After the Games

The Water Polo venue will be temporary and the site is intended to be cleared ready for long-term development by the Olympic Park Legacy Company, following the dismantling of the venue after the Games. The venue will utilise a modular construction method designed to minimise environmental impact and maximise potential for reuse.




London 2012 Aquatic Centre

And to think that the original plan had this at three times the size! Images sourced by DarJoLe at SSC, taken by viks2 on flickr.










London 2012 Area

SSC forum member El Greco took a tour around the (Hackney Wick) area surrounding the Olympic Park. Quite a lot of the area is desolate former industrial units and warehouses, but will over the coming years be gentrified.






























London 2012 Basketball Arena

The arena is having its wrap installed which will be lit up by LED's. Pic sourced by DarJoLe on SSC, taken by viks2 on flickr

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New Aerial Photos

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has today released new aerial images of construction progress on the Olympic Park showing the ‘big build’ firmly on track as the project continues in its busiest year to date.

The new aerial images, taken earlier this month, show the construction progress on the ‘big five’ venues (Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Olympic Village, Velodrome and IBC/MPC) as well as further progress on the new infrastructure and landscaping works across the Olympic Park that will help create the UK’s largest urban park for over a century. The new images follow the latest figures released by the ODA last week which show there are nearly 10,000 people currently working on the Olympic Park and Olympic Village.



















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Work starts on Olympic Stadium's field of play

Work has begun on the Olympic Stadium's field of play for the London 2012 Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced.

It is where the action will take place, including the opening and closing ceremonies plus the track and field competitions.

Two years into the stadium construction, the centre of the showpiece £537 million venue has been cleared so builders can focus on creating the right ground conditions for competition. Ducts and a drainage system are being installed ahead of the turf and track being laid next year.

The first batch of seats, which are black and white and to be fitted this summer, is now in production.

ODA chair John Armitt said: "Only two years ago, the stadium site was a flat piece of ground.

"A huge amount has been achieved since then, with the venue now structurally complete and at its full height. Work is progressing on covering the roof and the first seats will be fitted this summer. The continuing progress means the stadium is still on track to be completed a whole year before the 2012 Games."

Over 4,500 reinforced concrete foundation columns have been installed, 12,000 pre-cast concrete seating terracing units are in place and the 450-tonne cable net roof structure has been positioned.

All five bridges and their abutments, connecting the stadium island to the rest of the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, have also been constructed and work has begun to fit out the 700 rooms and spaces within the stadium, including fitting toilets and tiling showers in the changing rooms. The 14 lighting towers, which sit 60 metres above the field of play, are also in place.

London 2012 chair Lord Coe said: "In 2012, we will see 2,000 international athletes in the stadium competing in some of the most exciting sporting events and we will also watch opening and closing ceremonies that will showcase London and the UK.

"The stadium will leave an inspirational legacy and we hope the whole Games-time experience will reach young people throughout the world and encourage them to take up sport."

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You can also see from these photos landscaping happening aaround the canal and river banks with dozens of new trees being planted.
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Apologies for the lack of consistent updates - been uber busy!


2012 London Olympics

Olympic Park
Pics taken by Ciudad Bristol at SSC.








Basketball Arena
Webcam snapshot captured by Ejit at SSC.




Water Polo Arena

jdjones at SSC managed to source images of the temporary Water Polo arena (5,000 capacity) which is due north of the Aquatic Centre.






Olympic Stadium
Sourced by DarJoLe at SSC, taken by spitfire13 on flickr.




Aquatic Centre

Pictures takne by Ciudad Bristol at SSC.








Velodrome

The alluminium cladding is going on, and soon work should begin on the wooden cladding. This is set to be complete by January - a year and half early. Pics taken by jdjones at SSC.







And a webcam snapshot sourced by Sesquip at SSC.






Olympic Park

Work is underway to create around 250 acres of new parklands, on former industrial land, that will provide a colourful and festival atmosphere for the London 2012 Games and afterwards become the largest new urban park in the UK for over 100 years.

The first of 4,000 new semi-mature trees are taking root in the Olympic Park with around 100 ash, cherry and hazel trees, grown in Hampshire, already planted.

The first of 300,000 wetland plants, grown in Norfolk and Wales for the UK’s largest ever urban river and wetland planting, were laid on the river banks today by Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson, TV Gardener Charlie Dimmock, Olympic Gold medal winner Jonathan Edwards, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Chairman John Armitt and children from the Olympic Park construction crew.

The new reed beds are being created in a large wetland bowl in the north of the Olympic Park, formerly a 100 year old landfill site, where visitors during the Games will be able to relax and watch the action in 2012 on live screens. In legacy the riverside area will be a tranquil space for people and wildlife which will also help protect 5,000 properties in the area from flooding.



New webcams enable people to watch the park taking shape first-hand.

ODA Chairman John Armitt said: 'The parklands will be the centrepiece of the Olympic Park during the Games and are at the heart of the long-term transformation of this part of east London. We have cleaned up formerly industrial land, much of it contaminated, and opened up inaccessible river banks to start creating a new great park that will be enjoyed by people and wildlife for generations to come.'

Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson said: 'The parklands will be a fantastic addition to the Olympic Park, giving people the chance to enjoy all the sporting action in unique and relaxed surroundings and making a visit to London 2012 a day to remember.

'After the Games this former industrial wasteland will be a wonderful community facility where people inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be able to go to play sport.'

Olympic gold medallist and LOCOG Board Member Jonathan Edwards said: 'For athletes and spectators alike, the Olympic Park is going to be a magnificent place to be in 2012 and today is another step in the transformation of the Park. Athletes competing at the Games are going to have a fantastic experience, they will be right next to the park in the heart of the action and Londoners will be left with a wonderful, green park.'

Natural England director for South East England Alan Law said: 'Natural England is working with the ODA to ensure that the natural environment will be one of the major winners as a result of the Games. The Olympic Park is a great example of how an industrial environment can be transformed to meet the needs of people and wildlife and create new opportunities for health, recreation and enjoyment. London 2012 is well on the road to realising a unique green legacy.'




Wetland plants
Over 300,000 wetland plants are growing in Thetford, Norfolk, for the UK’s largest ever urban river and wetland planting. Over 30 species of native reeds, rushes, grasses, sedges, wet wildflowers and irises have been grown initially by Salix in its nursery on the Gower peninsular in Wales with around a third grown from cuttings and seeds collected in and around the Olympic Park before construction started in 2008. The plants have been grown-on in waterbeds on coir mats in Thetford and are now being transported and planted on the Olympic Park riverbanks.
Trees

A total of over 4,000 semi-mature trees are being planted in the Olympic Park and Olympic Village, in what is thought will be the largest one-off planting of its kind in the capital.

More than 2,000 semi-mature British-grown trees have been hand-picked to form the roots of the central parklands. The four to seven metre trees, grown by Hilliers Nurseries in Hampshire, are predominantly native species such as ash, alder, willow, birch, hazel, cherry, poplar, London plane and lime. The trees will provide shelter from wind and sunshine across the park, willow, poplar and alder will be planted in river areas to withstand flooding and species vulnerable to climate change have been avoided.




Olympic Park clean up
The green clean-up of the 2.5km2 Olympic Park, much of it contaminated through decades of industrial use, has consistently beaten its tough sustainability targets since it began nearly four years ago. Nearly two million tonnes of contaminated soil has been cleaned for reuse on the Olympic Park in the UK’s largest ever soil-washing operation, over 98 per cent of demolition materials on site have been recycled, ten football fields have been cleared of invasive Japanese Knotweed, over 20 million gallons of contaminated groundwater treated and over 5km of riverbanks replaced or refurbished with 30,000 tonnes of silt, gravel and other materials dredged from the rivers. For more information visit: http://www.london2012.com/press/medi...d-on-track.php

ODA Project Sponsor John Hopkins said: 'After all the hard work it is wonderful to see the parklands rising out of this former industrial landscape. This is our most challenging year. We have made a great start and are on target to complete the majority of the parklands by the middle of next year.'

Other features of the transformation of the Olympic Park from ‘brown to green’ ready for the Games and legacy



* Wetland bowls and rare wet woodlands in the north of the Park create habitat and help manage floodwater, protecting new housing and venues and 5,000 existing properties from a 1:100 year storm. Rainwater is captured through porous paving and cleansed through a network of swales, ponds and reedbeds before flowing into the river.
* The London 2012 Garden stretching for half a mile on the Waterworks riverbank between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium and celebrating centuries of British passion for gardens and plants. It will include picnic lawns, seating and 60,000 plants and 60,000 bulbs from 250 different species.
* A riverside Royal Horticultural Society Great British Garden, overlooking the Olympic Stadium, which two amateur gardeners, Rachel Read and Hannah Clegg, helped to design after their competition entries won a public vote.
* New habitats for species including: otter; kingfisher; grey heron; bee; house sparrow; bat; song thrush; starling; toadflax brocade moth; lizard; black redstart; flower and fungus beetle; frogs, newts and toads; eel; water vole; slow worm; grass snake; linnet; sand martin; swift; and invertebrates.
* Feature planting designed by the Klassnik Corporation, We Made That and Riitta Ikonen - an art collective based in the Host Boroughs - to represent the industrial heritage of the Olympic Park site.
* 250 benches and over 3,300 seats built into the parklands so that people are never more than 50m-walk from a seat.
* Further legacy features of the Olympic Park green space:
* The southern part of the Park will focus on retaining the Games spirit, with riverside gardens and areas for markets, events, cafes and bars in legacy.
* The northern area of the Park will use the latest green techniques to manage flood and rainwater, while providing quieter public space and habitats for hundreds of existing and rare species from kingfishers to otters.
* Park hubs with play areas.
* A 6m-wide, one mile road cycle circuit built into the parklands around the Velodrome and crossing the River Lea, with lighting for year round and evening use but low level UV values to protect bats. Also 6km of off-road mountain bike tracks and a network of cycle paths across the Park including National Cycle Network Route 1.



* A large oval lawn with an amphitheatre setting in the north of the Park suitable for games, picnics and other leisure activities.
* Four football fields (2.1 hectares) worth of secure and accessible allotments.
* 5km of restored and accessible previously neglected rivers, including the original Carpenters Lock restored in a riverside bowl in the centre of the Park, connecting the northern and southern areas.
* Mounds and hills across the Park for tumbling in summer and sledging in winter.
* Temporary tree-lined daffodil, bluebell, clover and primrose meadows that vary through the seasons, created on the development land on the northern entrance to the Park that may not be developed for many years. Rather than traditional construction hoarding, which would deter people from using the Park, this unique use of parklands also reduces long-term security costs.
* Hanging gardens’ thirty foot above ground on the huge footbridge from Stratford City with meadows, lawns, shrubs and rows of trees welcoming people over the main walking entrance into the Park.
* A tree-lined ‘park road’ into the north of the Park modelled on The Mall and Birdcage Walk next to St James’s and Hyde Park, with distinctively designed surfacing, lighting and bollards and traffic management so visitors feel like they are in the park.
* A new regional sports club set in parklands with a tranquil garden square centred on the original Eton Manor Boys Club war memorial and lined with Sweet Gum trees which turn red around Remembrance Day.
* Large concourse areas reduced in size in legacy and broken up with ‘islands’ of plants, trees and meadows.
* New landscape designs around the Aquatics Centre include planted hills with seating providing views across the river to the 2012 Gardens.



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the velodrome and aquatic center are probably my favorite venues in the whole complex. they're so sexy, sleek, classy and yeahh... they're just perfect!
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Olympic Park

From left to right in foreground:
- Olympic Village
- Velodrome (aka the Pringle)
- Basketball Hall
- Energy Centre
- International Broadcasting & Media Centre

From left to right in centre:
- Stratford International Station (and behind that Westfield London and Stratford Regional Station)
- Aquatic Centre
- Olympic Stadium

From left to right in background:
- 02 Arena
- Canary Wharf


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London 2012 Olympics

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Olympic Village








Media Centre






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Olympic Stadium






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Basketball Arena





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Olympic Park












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