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Lea landscaping paves way for urban park


THE OLYMPIC construction programme will be centred on the Lower Lea Valley starting with a massive contaminated land clean up.

This rundown area of east London will be transformed from a 200ha industrial wasteland to the biggest urban park to be created in Europe for over a century.

First a vast landscaping and environmental clean- up programme will treat contaminated land and reprofile mountains of demolition waste. The River Lea will also be reprofiled.

The Lea Valley park will house most of the venues including the £245M, 80,000 capacity Olympic stadium, the £73M aquatics centre, the £28.7M, 6,000 capacity velodrome, and a £14.3M, 15,000 capacity hockey stadium.

It will also be the site of the Olympic village plus the £8.1M, 6,000 capacity BMX bike circuit and four arenas which will host the basketball, volleyball, handball, fencing and pentathlon events.

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