In Pictures: New aerial images reveal progress of London Olympic Park
Photographs showing the progress of construction work on the ‘Big five’ venues of the Olympic Park have been unveiled today
The images show progress on the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Athletes’ Village, Velodrome and International Broadcast Centre. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coordination Commission is currently visiting the capital for a progress update on London’s plans.
Alongside the aerial shots a new fly-through video of the Olympic Park, narrated by Jonathan Edwards, was also released on the 2012 website today.
The images reveal the completion of the Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre steel roof with the concrete dive pool beneath and the two 50m pools well underway.
John Armitt, chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) described the Olympic Stadium’s major external structure as ‘a glimpse of what will become the Gateway to the Games’ and ‘the Olympic Park’s most iconic venue’. The five new accompanying bridges can now be seen linking the stadium to the surrounding site.
Other apparent major construction works are the huge steel frame of International Broadcast Centre, the steelwork forming the double-curved structure of the Velodrome, and the first residential block in the Olympic Village, now structurally complete.
Armitt said: ‘The Olympic Park ’big build’ is firmly on track but we are not complacent and these new images show the sheer scale of the project and the challenges ahead as we enter our toughest year in the project.’
Venues like the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre [are] making a real impact on the London skyline
Speaking of the progress made, Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said: ‘The Olympic Park has really started to take shape since the IOC Co-ordination Commission’s last visit … and venues like the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre [are] making a real impact on the London skyline.’