London 2012: Aerial photos show Olympic Park is 90% complete

Aerial photos show the progress made at London 2012's Olympic Park with just over seven months to go until the Games

Sportsbeat
By Sportsbeat
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London 2012 released this photo of the Olympic Park Photo: Locog/Getty Images

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London 2012’s Olympic Park is over 90 per cent complete, with new aerial photos showing the progress of the multi-billion pound project just over seven months before next year’s Games.

Six of the seven competition venues, including the main stadium, aquatic centre and velodrome, are completed while the £1bn Olympic Village is on course to be handed over to organisers early next year.

The two-year planting programme completed last month has created the UK’s largest new urban park for more than a century, with 4,000 semi-mature trees, over 300,000 wetland plants and more than ten football fields worth of meadows planted.

“The building of the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Games is well over 90 per cent complete,” said Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt.

“It is thanks to the expertise of the construction industry that this has been achieved ““ transforming a run-down area into the setting for the world’s greatest sporting event and creating new communities that will live and thrive long after the athletes have gone home.

The year drawing to a close was the ODA’s busiest, with the workforce peaking and the bulk of the project delivered – on time and within budget.

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“In 2012 we will complete our task, finishing the Olympic Village, Water Polo Arena, shooting venue at Woolwich and parklands, as we work alongside the Organising Committee to prepare for next summer.”

Meanwhile, Locog chairman Seb Coe will look to upcoming early New Year test events on the park, including cycling’s UCI World Cup and the British Gas Swimming Championships, as key indicators of his organisation’s preparedness for the Games.

“A huge amount has been achieved over the past 12 months with iconic new venues completed and test events bringing world-class sport to the Olympic Park for the first time,” he said.

“We still have much to do but there is growing excitement as we count down to the Games next summer.”

© Sportsbeat 2011

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