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Wings come off Zaha Hadid's Aquatic Centre

The temporary stands, known as the ‘wings’, have been removed from Zaha Hadid’s 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre

The final elements of the seating stands were removed this morning (22 May) to reveal the form of Hadid’s permanent swimming venue on the Olympic site, which will re-open as a public pool in spring 2014.

Along with a 50m pool and diving pool the, the building will house a cafe, crèche and dry dive training area.

The reconstruction of the pool forms part of a £292 million construction programme at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will open in phases starting with North Park in July 2013.

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park said: ‘The former Olympic Park is being transformed in to a fantastic new public park. The £292million project to adapt the Park and take down the temporary venues, like the Aquatics Centre seating, is running on time and on budget.

‘We will open the first part of the Park this summer with a series of events in the north of the Park and the Copper Box opening to the public. The rest of the Park will open in phases through to spring 2014 when the Aquatics Centre will open and people will be able to swim in those fantastic Olympic-sized pools.’

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