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Olympic Park pumping station design unveiled

New 2012 Olympic Park designs for a key piece of utilities infrastructure were unveiled yesterday by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

Concept designs have been revealed for a pumping station in the south of the Park that will collect, convey and discharge foul waste from the main venues and buildings in the Park during the 2012 Games and then from its legacy venues and residential developments.

Barhale Construction is building the pumping station and a planning application has now been submitted which includes early design images by John Lyall Architects.

The pumping station design includes a circular building to reflect the engineering used in the sewer shafts beneath the ground. As the structure rises out of the ground images surrounding the exterior will depict the history of the London sewer network and its Victorian origins. There are also plans to include a green roof on the pumping station building to help enhance the ecological value and biodiversity of the Park site by attracting local wildlife.

The ODA has also released new photos showing construction work on the pumping station where work is now going on to build the foundations and a 12.5m wide shaft beneath the ground. The shaft will connect the pumping station to 1.8km of foul sewer tunnels which are also under construction.

ODA Director of Infrastructure and Utilities, Simon Wright, said: "Design excellence runs through the heart of the project and the early designs in place for the pumping station show that we can use innovative architecture in functional buildings in the Olympic Park, not just the world-class sporting venues we are building."

The pumping station and foul sewer networks will be up and running by the end of 2009.

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