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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Takes Shape - continued

Removing wrapping from one of the Olympic Park structures as part of the transformation

Removing wrapping from one of the Olympic Park structures as part of the transformation

West Ham United has been named highest ranked bidder status for the long term tenancy of the Stadium.

BT Sport is moving into the International Broadcast Centre and will begin broadcasting from the Park in the summer.
And iCITY has been selected as the sole preferred bidder for transforming the Press and Broadcast Centres into a business hub on the Park that will create 4,000 jobs.

Operators have been appointed for the Copper Box, Aquatics Centre, ArcelorMittal Orbit and the ongoing operation of Lee Valley VeloPark and Hockey & Tennis Centre meaning plans to transform the iconic Olympic venues into world class community and elite sport facilities are already in place.

From July, the Copper Box will be open and people will be able to join the gym or hire a court in the Box that rocked during the Games.

In the summer a weekend of music, sport and culture will be held to celebrate the park beginning to re-open, delivered in partnership with The Barbican and CREATE and with a focus on east London communities.

In August 20,000 cyclists will set off on a 100 mile bike ride as part of RideLondon – a festival of cycling and a professional road race developed by the Mayor of London and organised by The London & Surrey Cycling Partnership.

Taylor Wimpey and L&Q will begin work towards the end of this year on the first 850 homes on the site of the Basketball Arena. Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said: “It’s only months since the Olympic Opening Ceremony and our work to deliver on our legacy promise to transform the Park into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is well under way. We started quickly so we’ll finish sooner – the park will begin to open from July 2013 and will be fully open by spring 2014.

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

LOCOG and its contractors have completed a programme of utilities disconnection and removal of temporary power cables, generators, telecoms and equipment from venues. The wider overlay deconstruction programme has also been completed which included 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.

The temporary structures (excluding venues) used by LOCOG will be removed including: 250,000 modular/temporary seats; 165,000 m² squared of tents; 140 km of fencing; 240 km of crowd barriers; and 100,000 m² of temporary sports surfaces.

The temporary venues will be removed by contractors to be reused at other events and venues around the UK. Signage and way finding will mainly be recycled

An estimated workforce of 5,000 contractors has been on the Park to carry out the works – removing the majority of LOCOG’s overlay structures by the end of November.

The Olympic Delivery Authority is currently retrofitting the Athletes’ Village, now called East Village. This includes 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. This will ensure the homes are made ready for families to move in from late summer 2013. [cwmags]

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