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Olympic Park conversion makes progress

London Legacy Development Corporation this week said it is making “unprecendented” progress in turning the Olympics site into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The park will begin to open from July 2013 and will be fully open by spring 2014. A number of events have already been booked (see factfile).

“We are making it happen- with plans for events and concerts agreed, operators and tenants for the venues secured, permission to build thousands of new homes granted, and 20 elite sporting championships either won or bid for over the next 5 years,” said London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive Dennis Hone.

We are on track to create a top visitor destination and great legacy for east London.”

Work completed so far

  • Utilities disconnection and removal of temporary power cables, generators, telecoms and equipment from venues. 
  • The removal of the BMX stands, Olympic Stadium wrap and cable trusses, way-finding and signage; temporary media desks in seating stands; fencing; temporary toilets and concessions; Games-time workforce areas; information and medical tents.
  • An estimated 5,000 contractors has begun to remove the majority of LOCOG’s overlay structures.
  • Retrofitting the Athletes’ Village. Installing kitchens across all the 2,818 homes and removing the temporary Games-time flooring and partitions that had formed athletes’ accommodation, as well as other facilities for National Olympic Committees.
  • Virtually the entire Olympic Park has been handed over to the Legacy Corporation apart from the Press and Broadcast Centres. All competition venues have been handed over.
  • The Riverbank (Hockey) Arena and the Olympic Hospitality Centre have been completely dismantled.
  • The final seat has been removed from the Basketball Arena.
  • Removal of the east and west seating wings of the Aquatics Centre has begun
  • Construction of Lee Valley VeloPark has begun, which will include a new mountain bike route and road cycle circuit as well as a reconfigured BMX track.
  • Work has begun on Lee Valley Tennis and Hockey Centre.

Work yet to be completed

February 2013

  • Work starts on building a gym in the Copper Box, removing the wrap from the Basketball Arena removed the Water Polo Arena frame.

March 2013

  • Hockey pitches and Tennis courts begin to be laid at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

April 2013

  • The Legacy Corporation begins to remove the Basketball Arena frame

July 2013

  • Phased opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park begins. The area to open includes the North Park valley and the Copper Box and surrounding area to become London’s third largest arena.

Spring 2014

  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park fully open

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