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New skyline for Olympic park as pylons come down

Today sees the start of the 52 overhead electricity pylons in the Olympic Park being dismantled.

The skyline of London’s Olympic Park will be altering radically in the next month, as all of the electricity pylons are removed, starting with the first pylon today.

It will be the culmination of three years of work to take the electricity supply from above ground to tunnels below the Olympic Park. "Without these operations, the Olympic Park couldn’t be constructed," said Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) construction director Howard Shiplee. "We needed to get the cables out of the way. It’s a very big landmark, the first major achievement on the Park and it has been delivered on time and on budget."

Work to take down the overhead cables started in October and the first of 52 pylons will be removed by contractor Balfour Beatty using a 250t crane today.

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