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Latest images as Olympics site continues transformation

PUBLISHED: 17:13 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:14 22 May 2013

The main roof truss is lifted on the West side of the Aquatics Centre. Picture by David Poultney for LLDC

The main roof truss is lifted on the West side of the Aquatics Centre. Picture by David Poultney for LLDC

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Temporary seating at the Aquatics Centre have been removed as the Olympics site transforms into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The main roof truss is lifted on the East side of the Aquatics Centre Picture by David Poultney for LLDCThe main roof truss is lifted on the East side of the Aquatics Centre Picture by David Poultney for LLDC

These images show how two enormous cranes were used to take off the final elements of temporary seating stands this morning, revealing the original Zaha Hadid designed building.

Their removal is part of the work to transform the former Olympic site into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Work has already begin to install 3,000m² of glass along the sides of the Aquatics Centre allowing lots of natural light into the pool.

Each truss weighed 172 tonnes and required two cranes weighing 800 tonnes and 750 tonnes to lift and lower the pieces to the ground.

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park said: “The former Olympic Park is being transformed in to a fantastic new public park. The £292million project to adapt the Park and take down the temporary venues, like the Aquatics Centre seating, is running on time and on budget.”

When the Aquatics Centre opens in spring 2014 it will have a cafe and crèche, a dry dive training area and a full programme of aquatics activities from lane swimming and lessons to aqua-aerobics, water polo and synchronised swimming.

The Aquatics Centre will be operated by GLL on a 10 year lease. GLL is a London-based social enterprise which means that surpluses it makes are reinvested into sport and local communities. GLL is working with British Swimming to locate an elite swimming and diving programme in the Centre alongside community use.

It also hopes to host major swimming competitions.

Since taking control of the Park in November 2012, the Legacy Corporation has been undertaking a huge programme of work to transform the site and its iconic venues ready for public use.


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