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In pictures: 2012 Olympic Park now 75 per cent complete

These aerial images of the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, show the latest progress on the huge project which is now three-quarters complete

The Olympic Development Authority (ODA) – tasked with delivering the £9.3 billion east London construction project – said the main venues would open to athletes next summer.

John Armitt, ODA chairman, explained: ‘This year is the toughest in terms of construction and we are at our busiest. We remain on schedule and within budget but are not complacent about the challenge that lies ahead.’

Workers on Populous’ Olympics stadium project are now ready to start laying the grass having completed nearly all of the seating.

The permanent structure for Zaha Hadid’s aquatics centre is complete while the pools have been tested and tilling is going in. ODA chiefs warned that an extra £11 million was needed to complete the project on time.

Make’s handball arena is having its top half fitted out with 3,000m² of copper cladding while the Hopkins-designed Velodrome is currently having its timber track installed and is on target to open early next year.

According to the ODA more than 10,000 people are working on the site.

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