April 23 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The new look for the Olympic legacy Aquatics centre with its 2,800 square metres of glass can now be seen at the Olympic Park ready to be opened to the public in the spring.
The temporary outdoor seating stands have been removed which were used during the 2012 Games to hold 17,500 spectators.
The internal work and final landscaping is being completed ready for the opening.
The £251 million world-class venue is staging the 2014 World Diving series and 2016 European Swimming championships.
But the centre that is being run by the GLL charitable enterprise will be open to the public for swimming at the same price as the average local pool, with sessions for the disabled as well as single sex, parent and child and family. It also includes a 40-station gym.
The three pools hold 10 million litres of water and are lined with 180,000 tiles. There are 600,000 tiles in the whole building and 628 panes of glass covering 2,800 square metres.
The glass has a screen printed dot matrix pattern which varies in size to help control daylight and restrict potential glare. Window cleaners will use cherry pickers to reach the high bits.
The steel framework of the 145ft high building has hot water running through it like a giant radiator to prevent condensation forming on the glass.
The wave-like roof is 430ft long and up to 240ft wide, resting on just three concrete supports, making it a longer single span than Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
Removing temporary Olympic venues has been going on since the autumn as well as creating more open parkland areas. The Copper Box Arena and parts of the North Park opened to the public in July, including the new Timber Lodge community centre, Unity Kitchen café and Tumbling Bay playground. The rest of the park opens to the public this spring.