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First foundations laid for 2012 Olympic Village

PUBLISHED: 13:33 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

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THE foundations of several buildings have now been completed for East London’s 2012 Olympics village. The New Year has begun with construction now getting under way on the ground-floor level of the first residential structures

ABOVE: Foundations for the first residential blocks now completed...

BELOW: Shape of things to come—how the Olympics Village main square will look by 2012, view looking west towards Central London

By Mike Brooke

THE foundations of several buildings have now been completed for East London’s 2012 Olympics village.

The New Year has begun with construction now getting under way on the ground-floor level of the first residential structures.

The Village, next to the Olympic Park and Stratford City sites, is to be home’ for thousands of athletes from around the world during the two-week Games in the summer of 2012.

Afterwards, they become the legacy’ of new homes for East London, including some low cost.’

“The Village will be one of the strongest legacies from the Games,” Olympics Authority chief executive David Higgins said today.

“Our discussions on its funding continue, while in the meantime activity on the site is helping maintain the momentum of this huge project.”

Construction work started last May. The mammoth project includes 11 residential blocks, each of five to seven buildings.

Work over the last six months included foundations on 28 buildings with 2,000 concrete piles driven more than 60ft into the ground, the first two tower cranes erected with another 20 to follow by the summer, and seven electricity pylons demolished and replaced by a new deep-level tunnel carrying power cables across East London.

Two railway bridges were also hoisted into place and a-quarter-of-a-mile of tracks covered in a concrete tunnel as part of the improvements to the nearby Overground’ North London Line between Hackney Wick and Stratford, with new sidings to bring building materials directly onto the site to reduce traffic on East London’s roads.


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