Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre will be opened up to the public for the first time this weekend
The venue which had it’s temporary ‘wings’ removed back in May last year, has entered into ‘Legacy mode’, and will open to the public on Saturday.
Almost 14,000 temporary seats which were housed in huge ‘wings’ during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been removed and 2,800m² of glass and eight doors added.
The venue houses two 50 metre swimming pools, a 25 metre diving pool with boards and platforms up to 10 metres, a dry dive training area, a gym and a café.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘After a post-Olympic makeover, London’s majestic aquatics centre is now flinging open its doors for everyone to enjoy, whether an elite athlete or enthusiastic amateur. All of the world class sporting venues on the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have secured bright, futures, dispelling fears of white elephants and helping to drive our ambitious regeneration plans for east London.’
Dennis Hone, Chief Executive London Legacy Development Corporation added: ‘This is an exciting moment in the legacy of the Games. The iconic London Aquatics Centre with its unique design will now be open for the public to enjoy. We promised the former Olympic and Paralympic venues would have long-term legacy use and we have delivered.’
The reconstruction of the pool forms part of a £292 million construction programme at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will open in phases and began with the North Park back in July 2013.
The south end of the Queen Olympic Park, in which the Aquatics Centre sits, will also open to the public from April 2014.
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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.’