Olympic venues completed early
Construction work on the nine main Olympic competition venues has been completed, Construction Enquirer reports. The Olympic Park has been officially declared complete, 200 days ahead of the Games’ opening ceremony in July.
Venues and main infrastructure on time and within budget
Now, the venues will be handed over to organisers, LOCOG, for the fitting out work to commence. In conjunction with this, many of the venues and connecting walkways have been renamed.
The Hockey Centre has been renamed Riverbank Arena and the Aquatics Centre bridge will now be known as Stratford Walk, according to The Press Association. The former Handball Arena has been re-branded as Copper Box, owing to the building’s copper external cladding.
Retail space and temporary buildings
Plans include the construction of a vast retail space, upon which will be built a 40,000 square feet London 2012 ‘Mega Store’, the sourcing of sports, scoring and timing equipment and “installing the look and feel” of the Olympic Games around the Olympic Park.
Additionally, contractors will need to build the sponsor showcase areas plus back-of-house facilities such as seven canteens, equipment rooms, waste and cleaning compounds. In total, some 273 temporary buildings have yet to be constructed.
Commenting on the completion, Dennis Hone, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority said:
“We are in fine form ahead of the Games, having built the venues and main infrastructure on time and within budget.”