London 2012 Olympics: two years to go
With exactly two years to go until the launch of the Games, these are the latest shots of progress on the London 2012 Olympics site
Despite £27 million worth of efficiency savings the project is on target to meet its cast-iron deadline of the Games opening on 27 July 2012.
This week the 45,000 m² roof covering was finally completed on the Populous-designed main Olympic Stadium.
The Olympic Stadium by Populous
Construction on the Olympic Stadium started in May 2008 and progress to date has included:
- Over 4,500 reinforced concrete columns installed as the foundations
- 12,000 pre-cast concrete terracing units for the seating installed
- All five bridges and their abutments in place, connecting the Stadium island to the rest of the Park
- Work has begun on the fit-out of the 700 rooms and spaces within the Stadium, including fitting toilets and tiling showers in the changing rooms
- The 450 tonne cable net roof structure has been lifted into place
- 14 lighting towers which sit 60 metres above the field of play have been lifted into place and the fitting of the power cables has started
- The covering of the cable net roof has now completed, providing the correct conditions for athletes on the field of play and covering two-thirds of spectators.
- Landscaping work has begun including trees planted, a green wall installed and the trial sowing of meadows which will flower in this summer.