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PHOTOS: Olympic Water Polo Arena's inflatable roof gets planning approval

31 Aug 10 Plans for the temporary London 2012 Water Polo Arena, with a distinctive sloping inflatable roof, have been approved by the Olympic Delivery Authority Planning Committee.

Plans for the temporary London 2012 Water Polo Arena, with a distinctive sloping inflatable roof, have been approved by the Olympic Delivery Authority Planning Committee.

The 5,000 seat venue, designed by David Morley Architects, will host Water Polo during the 2012 Olympic Games and has been designed to be taken down after the Games to be relocated and reused elsewhere either in full or in sections.

The arena will be wrapped in silver and its roof, made of air-inflated recycled PVC cushions for extra insulation, slopes up from the main pedestrian entrance to the Olympic Park.

The venue contains a competition pool (37m long x 23m wide x 2m deep) and a slightly smaller warm-up pool.

Construction is scheduled to start in spring 2011 and be complete by spring 2012.

A contractor will be appointed to deliver the venue through the existing ODA managed package frameworks set up to deliver temporary and smaller permanent venues.

After the Games the riverside site to the north of the Aquatics Centre will be redeveloped by the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

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