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Olympic earthworks get underway

The first earthworks at London's Olympic Park began this week with the excavation of the site for the 2012 International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC).
Contractor Morrison will strip 8,500m3 of high-quality fertile top soil from the media centre site in the north-west of the site, which will then be stored on site for future use in landscaping.More than 80,000m3 of lower quality soil beneath will then be excavated to prepare the platform for the construction of the IBC/MPC in late 2008. ODA chief executive David Higgins said: 'The start of the first earthworks is another key milestone in the transformation of the area as we create one of the largest new urban parks in Europe for 150 years.'The IBC/MPC will be a world-class facility for the media during the Games and will offer enormous benefits to the local community in legacy. The reuse of materials will also play an important role in the construction of the landmark Aquatics Centre, underlining our commitment to sustainable construction.'The start of earthworks follows the announcement last week that a quarter of the Olympic Park has now been cleared.

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