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Olympics update: Make's handball arena takes shape

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The foundations of the London 2012 Olympic Games handball arena have been laid

Construction on the 7,000-seater arena designed by Make started two months early in July, with the Olympic Delivery Authority expecting work to be finished by summer 2011, ready for test events.

The arena will host qualifying games for the 2012 handball competition, as well as modern pentathlon, fencing and goalball during the Paralympics.

Two hundred concrete columns have been drilled 25 metres into the ground to form the foundations, with 55 pile caps and 550 metres of concrete ground beams.

With 13 concrete walls in place, the venue has now started to protrude from the ground. The 10-metre-high walls, which sit on top of a 300-tonne concrete slab, were pre-fabricated in Ireland and will support the upper tiers of the seating.

After the Games, it will become a multi-sports venue with retractable seating for around 6,000 spectators and flexible facilities catering for training and competition at all levels for indoor sports including basketball, wheelchair basketball, boxing, handball, badminton, judo, netball, futsal – a variant of football – and volleyball.


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