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Aquatic Centre sheds its wings

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Work to remove the temporary seating stands from Zaha Hadid’s former Olympic Aquatic Centre has completed

The wing-like additions, which held 17,500 seats during the 2012 Games, have been taken down and replaced with glazed walls as the venue continues its transformation into legacy mode.

Internal works are expected to be completed next year, with the public opening expected in the spring.

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Dennis Hone, chief executive of London Legacy Development Corporation, said: ‘The newly unveiled Aquatics Centre is a truly stunning venue that will continue to have a place in the public’s heart when it opens in spring next year.

‘It is fantastic news that the centre will become a Diving High Performance Centre and host world-class sporting events such as the FINA/NVC 2014 World Diving Series and 2016 European Swimming Championships.

‘Alongside this, the centre will be open to all for the same price as the average cost at local pools. These elite sports will sit alongside community sports to provide a lasting legacy on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.’

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