The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced that the Olympic stadium’s roof cover has been completed as the ODA’s published its annual report.
The stadium’s roof is made up by 112 panels of white material stretched between an outer truss and an inner tension ring. A total of 45,000 m² of material has been fitted by a team of 23 expert abseilers. The cover creates the correct conditions on the field of play for athletes and provides protection for two-thirds of spectators.
“The Olympic Stadium is the most visible symbol of the huge progress that has been made on the construction of the Olympic Park and the infrastructure which is transforming east London,” said ODA chairman John Armitt.
Construction on the Olympic Stadium started in May 2008 and progress to date has included:
- Over 4,500 reinforced concrete columns installed as the foundations
- 12,000 pre-cast concrete terracing units for the seating installed
- All five bridges and their abutments in place, connecting the Stadium island to the rest of the Park
- Work has begun on the fit-out of the 700 rooms and spaces within the Stadium, including fitting toilets and tiling showers in the changing rooms
- The 450T cable net roof structure has been lifted into place
- 14 lighting towers which sit 60 metres above the field of play have been lifted into place and the fitting of the power cables has started
- The covering of the cable net roof has now completed, providing the correct conditions for athletes on the field of play and covering two-thirds of spectators
- Landscaping work has begun including trees planted, a green wall installed and the trial sowing of meadows which will flower in this summer. pre-cast concrete terracing units for the seating installed