[FIRST LOOK] Zaha Hadid’s London 2012 Aquatics Centre has been filled with 10 million litres of water during trials of the new Olympic pools
The £251 million venue in the southern section of the Olympic Park houses a dive pool and two 50m swimming pools and is set to complete in summer 2011.
According to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), testing of the dive pool and training pool has now completed and the competition pool will start being filled later this week.
Following the trials, the pools will be sealed and lined with 180,000 tiles.
Meanwhile work has begun on lining the 160m-long, 300 tonnes wave-shaped steel roof - which was lifted into place last November - with curved timber.
ODA chief executive David Higgins said: ‘The Aquatics Centre is on track for completion in mid-2011 and the sweeping roof that will form the ‘Gateway to the Games’ is now a fixture in the skyline alongside the Olympic Stadium.
‘Testing the pools is major milestone for the construction of the Aquatics Centre which in legacy will provide a range of swimming and diving facilities and become a new London landmark.
‘The Olympic Park ‘big build’ is on track and within budget as we move through our toughest year, with the workforce and activity on site reaching its peak.’