The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games is gearing up to start fit out work on the venues after the Olympic Delivery Authority said the main construction programme was on schedule to be finished next summer.
The Olympic Park construction project, known as the 'Big Build', is now moving into its final year, and once complete, venue structures will be handed over to LOCOG for fit-out and testing work.
This will include:
- Building and fitting out kitchens, catering kiosks and hospitality areas
- Installing sports equipment and venue fields of play
- Space planning for changing facilities, meeting rooms and press conference rooms
- Installing tabled media seating and broadcast platforms
- Laying the extensive cabling required for scoring, results and broadcast systems
LOCOG and the ODA will also work jointly on some other venues and structures including the temporary Hockey pitches, the Eton Manor facilities and further landscaping works in the Olympic Park.
Recent milestones in the Big Build have included:
- The main structure and roof of the Olympic Stadium completed, with work underway on the field of play and the first seats fitted
- The permanent structure and roof of the Aquatics Centre’s completed and all three swimming pools dug out
- The Velodrome structure and roof completed
- The structures of the International Broadcast Centre, Main Press Centre and multi-storey car park completed
- More than 75% of the Olympic Village homes structurally complete
- Essential new infrastructure delivered with more than half of the new bridges complete and key new utilities buildings in operation
- Planting underway across the Olympic Park with the first of more than 2,000 new trees and 300,000 new wetland plants in place
- The 2012 rowing venue at Eton Dorney completed and the 2012 canoe slalom venue nearing completion with water beginning to fill the courses
Seb Coe, chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), said: “The ODA has done a fantastic job in meeting its milestones, we could not have hoped for better partners. The completion of the Big Build is on schedule and the venues will be handed over to LOCOG in a year’s time. We will still have work to do on these venues but to get them a year in advance means we have time to fit out them out to turn them into competition venues.”