London 2012 aquatics centre nears completion

London 2012 aquatics centre nears completion

The final tile in the Aquatics Centre competition pool has been laid by Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Liz Johnson as the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games draws ever closer.

More than 180,000 tiles line the 50m competition and training pools and the diving pool. The competition and diving pools will now be filled, the 50m training pool has already been filled.

Construction on the Aquatics Centre is on track to be completed as planned this summer in time for Test Events.

The ceiling lining is complete with more than 30,000 individual sections of Red Lauro timber.

The two 1,600-tonne temporary seating stands that will provide the additional seats required for the Games are structurally complete and wrapped with seats about to be fitted.

Liz Johnson lays final tile in the Aquatics Centre

The bespoke curved concrete diving tower, with six diving boards, is complete and almost 600,000 tiles have been laid in the pools, surrounding areas and changing rooms.

Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive Dennis Hone said: “The Aquatics Centre is on track to be a great sporting stage for the world’s best athletes in 2012.

“After the Games it will become a fantastic new flexible and accessible facility for swimmers and divers of all ages and abilities.”

After the Games the Aquatics Centre will become a 2,500-seat venue providing two 50m swimming pools with moveable floors and separation booms, a diving pool and dry diving area for community and elite use.


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