Exactly two years since the start of construction on the Olympic Stadium, work has begun on the field of play and the first batch of seats is being manufactured.
The centre of the Stadium has been cleared of cranes and other equipment so work can begin on creating the correct ground conditions for the running track and the turf for the field events.
Over the coming months, ducts and a drainage system will be installed and the base layers will be laid in preparation for laying the turf and track next year.
The manufacture of the black and white seats has also started and they will start to be fitted into the Stadium later this summer.
Olympic Delivery Authority Chairman John Armitt said: “Only two years ago, the Stadium site was a flat piece of ground. A huge amount has been achieved since then with the venue now structurally complete and at its full height.
“Work is progressing on covering the roof and the first seats will be fitted this summer. The continuing progress means the Stadium is still on track to be completed a whole year before the London 2012 Games.”
Construction on the Olympic Stadium started in May 2008 and progress to date has included:
- more than 4,500 reinforced concrete columns installed as the foundations;
- 12,000 pre-cast concrete terracing units for the seating installed;
- all five bridges and their abutments in place, connecting the Stadium island to the rest of the Park;
- work on the fit-out of the 700 rooms and spaces within the Stadium, including fitting toilets and tiling showers in the changing rooms;
- the 450-tonne cable net roof structure has been lifted into place;
- 14 lighting towers which sit 60 metres above the field of play have been lifted into place and the fitting of the power cables has started;
- a quarter of the cable net roof has already been covered with a fabric material, which will provide the correct conditions for athletes on the field of play and cover two-thirds of spectators; and
- landscaping work has begun including trees planted, a green wall installed and the trial sowing of meadows which will flower in this summer.