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David Morley’s water polo arena starts on site as contractor appointed

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Construction on the London 2012 Olympic water polo venue, designed by David Morley, is underway in east London

The wedge-shaped project will rise from 12m to 25m, and seat 5,000 spectators It will contain a 37m long competition pool and a warm up pool. Its most striking feature is its silver inflatable roof made of recyclable plastic.

Ian Crockford, ODA Project Sponsor for the Water Polo Arena, said:

“The start of work on the Water Polo Arena, one of the last venues to be built on the Olympic Park, shows how far we have come since construction started in 2008.The venue will join the Aquatics Centre to form a dramatic and action-packed gateway to the Olympic Park when spectators arrive in 2012.”

After the Games, the venue will be dismantled, with parts recycled or reused across the UK.

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