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London 2012 aquatics roof reaches halfway point

The complex lift of the 160m long 2,800 tonne roof for the London 2012 olympics which started just three months ago has reached halfway point and is on track to be completed this summer.

The Arup and Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics Centre will be the gateway to the Park and in legacy will provide two 50m swimming pools, a diving pool and dry diving area - facilities London does not have at present.

‘Work on the Aquatics Centre is on track and the sweeping roof that will form the ‘Gateway to the Games’ is taking shape in the skyline alongside the Olympic Stadium,” said ODA Chief Executive David Higgins

“The big lift one of the toughest construction and engineering challenges on the Olympic Park. It is showcasing the world class expertise delivering the venues and infrastructure for London 2012 and regenerating east London for future generations.”

Once the steel roof is in place this summer work will begin on the aluminium roof covering. Installation will then start next year on the timber cladding of the ceiling which will sweep outside to cover the northern roof supports.

The foundations of the permanent venue are complete and work will begin on the pool structure once the steel roof is complete.

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