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VIDEO: Construction of Olympic Aquatics Centre reaches testing phase

7 Apr 10 Construction of the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre has reached the testing phase, with over 10 million litres pumped into the dive pool and two 50m swimming pools.

Construction of the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre has reached the testing phase, with over 10 million litres pumped into the dive pool and two 50m swimming pools.

Balfour Beatty is main contractor for the Aquatics Centre and the land-bridge that forms the roof of the training pool and the main pedestrian access to the Olympic Park.

The three concrete pools are being tested before being sealed and lined with 180,000 tiles. Testing of the dive pool and training pool is complete and the competition pool starts being filled this week.

Work is also underway lining the 160m-long wave-shaped steel roof, which weighs more than 3,000 tonnes and rests on just three concrete supports.

In the coming weeks cladding will start on the curving timber ceiling and work is continuing on the huge 250m and 45m-wide land bridge that forms the main walking access into the Olympic Park and the roof of the training pool.

The Aquatics Centre is on track to be complete in summer 2011 ready for test events and after the Games will provide two 50m swimming pools with moveable floors and separation booms, a diving pool and dry diving area for the full range of community and elite use.

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