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New Games images released

The organising committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games has released new images showing how venues for the Games will look.

The new images of Greenwich Park, which will host the equestrian and modern pentathlon, Lord’s Cricket Ground for archery, Horse Guard’s Parade for beach volleyball and the Lee Valley White Water Centre were released by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The companies working on the projects, including Populous, Atkins and Drivers Jonas Deloitte, say the images show the work done to enable more than 120 world class temporary venues to be created for the more than 20,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and over 10M ticketed spectators to experience the events.

To achieve this, each of the venues requires detailed design of the “overlay” design, engineering and construction requirements to stage the Games. In total, the overlay project for the London 2012 Olympic Games will include 250,000 temporary seats, 165,000 square metres of tents, 2,500 cabins, 140km of fencing and 250km of crowd barriers.

LOCOG director of venues and infrastructure James Bulley said: “The London 2012 Games will deliver what no other Games has before in terms of the complexity and scale of the event overlay and temporary structures needed. Alongside the absolute commitment to meet the Games requirements, central to our plans have been legacy, sustainability, accessibility and safety. Our vision for the London 2012 venues is the integration with London’s historic and iconic landmarks alongside our existing world class stadiums and sporting arenas. Our combined overlay team are world class and will deliver the technical excellence required to make this a spectacular Games.”

Working together to create these sites under the direction of LOCOG, Populous, Atkins and Drivers Jonas Deloitte have developed all aspects of the venues from the look and feel, the user experience, the delivery of seating, accommodation and landscaping, as well as back of house requirements including power, water and lighting, together bringing an innovative approach to the delivery of London 2012.

Atkins director and design manager Steve Cardwell said: “The unique approach taken towards temporary venues for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has presented fantastic opportunities to think differently about the delivery of major sporting venues. As a result we have in essence had to go back to first principles, and are proud of the innovative, light touch, and sustainable solutions we have developed with our partners.”

Drivers Jonas Deloitte’s sport team director Stephen Jepson said: “The venues we are project managing at Greenwich Park, Horse Guards Parade, the Mall and Hyde Park are entirely temporary and present an exciting challenge. We have spent a great deal of time understanding the site constraints and making sure the way in which each venue is delivered is done sensitively and ensures there is no long term impact. This gives us the confidence that it will be delivered - after all we can’t change the delivery deadline.”

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