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Basketball Arena taking shape at Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:46 05 October 2010

Basketball Arena. View of the steel arch structure being erected.Photo taken on 18th March 2010 by David Poultney.

Basketball Arena. View of the steel arch structure being erected.Photo taken on 18th March 2010 by David Poultney.

The biggest temporary venue being built for the 2012 Games is coming out of the ground at the Olympic Park.

The biggest temporary venue being built for the 2012 Games is coming out of the ground at the Olympic Park.

The latest images show the first of 20 steel arches for the Basketball Arena lifted into place.

Thirty-five metre high arch steel trusses, spanning 96m metres, and 16 end trusses are being fabricated and assembled in Bolton from Teeside produced steel ahead of the 'big lift' at the park.

Once the 1000 tonne steel frame of the 115 metre long Basketball Arena is complete the 10 storey building will be wrapped in 20,000 sq metres of fabric. During the Games the fabric will form a canvas for a changing lighting design.

ODA Chairman John Armitt said: "The arena is taking shape in the new East London skyline alongside the Velodrome and Olympic Village. The innovative and efficient design and construction is testament to the excellence of companies across the UK."

The Arena is expected to be complete by summer 2011 ready for test events.


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