In pictures: a preview to the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Aquatics Centre and ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Aquatics Centre and ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. - Credit: Archant

Pictures of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The ArcelorMittal Orbit opens this weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London

The ArcelorMittal Orbit opens this weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London - Credit: Archant

Arguably London 2012’s biggest star – the Olympic Park itself – is finally ready to play host to the public once again.

Almost unrecognizable since the Games, the south of the 560-acre Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which was the focus of the action during the Olympics and Paralympics, has been transformed over 18 months at a cost of £300million.

Giant temporary venues such as the Basketball Arena, catering tents and even bridges have been taken down and replaced with manicured lawns, a play area, an amphitheatre and even a climbing wall – to name but a few.

The north of the park has been in use for a year already, but its more iconic south side stands relatively empty, save the flourescent-jacketed workforce striving to ready it in time for the opening on Saturday.


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