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London 2012 Olympic Stadium begins to take shape

New details of the £500 million London 2012 Olympic Stadium have been revealed, almost a year after HOK Sport was appointed as architect of the scheme.

New details of the £500 million London 2012 Olympic Stadium have been revealed, almost a year after HOK Sport was appointed as architect of the scheme.

The stadium – the centrepiece of the Games – is to be sunk 7m into the ground.

And, according to the Sunday Times, the upper structural-steel truss above ground level will be swaddled with a 21m-tall ‘wrap’ which will be decorated with artworks.

A total of 25,000 spectators will be seated around the pitch below ground level. Above them a further 55,000 will be accommodated in a huge ‘bowl’. When the Games are over the upper tiers will be removed, leaving a 25,000-seat ‘legacy’ stadium.

The 900m-long drape adorning the circumference of the stadium will be a ‘polypropylene permeable wrap’ that will feature sponsors’ logos and images of past and present Olympic athletes.

It was also reported that the stadium, in an effort to save millions of pounds from the already doubled budget, will have a roof that covers only two-thirds of spectators.

HOK Sport was not available for comment.


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