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Major changes to Olympic Park in €362 million transformation

Updated: Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 11:23 | Comments

The Olympic Park has been handed over to the London Legacy Development Corporation
The Olympic Park has been handed over to the London Legacy Development Corporation

The shell of the temporary seats at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre was stripped away today as the €362 million transformation of the Olympic Park moved into full gear.

It marked the handover of the venue in Stratford, east London, from the London 2012 organisers who staged the Games to the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which is charged with securing the site's economic future.

Workmen moved back on to the site soon after the last firework popped at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics in September.

Power cables, generators and other materials and utilities including 165,000 square metres (1.776 million square feet) of tents, 140 kilometres (87 miles) of fencing, 240 kilometres (150 miles) of barriers and 100,000 square metres (1.076 million square feet) of temporary sports surfaces needed to stage the Games have been removed.

The BMX stands, the Riverbank Arena and the Olympic Stadium wrap have been removed.

The water polo venue, the Basketball Arena and Riverside Arena have already been dismantled and are to be removed.

Signs, media facilities, fencing, toilets and concession areas, workforce areas and medical tents have been removed.

The deconstruction programme, which will see the site reopen in phases from 27 July next year as the newly-named Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, has already changed the face of the venue.

A neighbourhood of about 850 homes, to be known as Chobham Manor, is to be built where the Basketball Arena once stood.

A target date of next autumn has been set for the opening of this site as the park's first neighbourhood.

The LLDC must also connect the park to the surrounding area with new roads and pathways.

At its peak, around 1,000 construction workers are set to work at the park during the transformation project.

The LLDC is exploring various design options to convert the stadium to meet the specifications of the four bidders in the running to use the venue, according to Hone.

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