New images show London 2012 Olympic Park progress
By Richard High19 May 2010
New aerial images from the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show construction progress on the Olympic Park's 'big build' on track as the project continues in its busiest year to date.
The new images show construction progress on the 'Big Five' venues (Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Village, Velodrome and IBC/MPC) as well as further progress on the new infrastructure and landscaping works across the Olympic Park, including a new bridge at Stratford.
The bridge will create improved links for local people when it is opened in the summer, paving the way for transport improvements at Stratford Regional Station that will benefit local people before, during and after the Games.
Commenting on the new images and progress at the London 2012 site, ODA chairman John Armitt, said, "As we approach the halfway point of our toughest year in the construction of the Olympic Park, these new images show the visible progress being made.
"The structures of the 'Big Five' venues are already firm fixtures on the east London skyline and we remain on schedule. However there is no room for complacency as construction activity accelerates in the coming months."
The latest Olympic Park aerial shots show:
- The Olympic Stadium at its full height with all 14 lighting towers now in place and work well underway on covering the cable-net roof
- The wave-shaped Aquatic Centre steel roof structure in place with roof covering work well underway. The concrete dive pool and two 50m competition and training pools have also been completed and tested
- The structure of International Broadcast Centre (IBC) completed and the Main Press Centre (MPC) taking shape
- The distinct double-curved roof of the Velodrome lifted into place and work on the roof covering well underway
- The first three residential plots in the Olympic Village structurally complete and other residential plots approaching their full height
The aerial pictures include the first photos of a new bridge constructed at Angel Lane in Stratford. The structure replaces the original Angel Lane bridge, which was constructed during the Victorian era and was in need of replacement to allow it to carry a greater capacity of vehicles and pedestrians as numbers in Stratford increase during and after the 2012 Games.
The removal of the old bridge also allowed essential works to be carried out at Stratford Regional Station for the 2012 Games, including the extension of platform 10a to allow greater passenger capacity on trains travelling from central London.
The new bridge at Angel Lane is now in place and temporary routes over the new structure have been kept open to maintain access through the area for cyclists and pedestrians while the wider construction works on the bridge are finished.
Construction work is on track to be completed in the summer when the new bridge will be fully opened, providing improved links in the local area to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.