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New wave’ Olympics aquacentre appears on London skyline

PUBLISHED: 22:56 26 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:29 05 October 2010

Aquatics Centre. Construction on the Aquatics Centre. The distinctive shape of the roof is clearly visible. Picture taken on 23 Jun 09 by David Poultney.

Aquatics Centre. Construction on the Aquatics Centre. The distinctive shape of the roof is clearly visible. Picture taken on 23 Jun 09 by David Poultney.

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THE unique wave shaped’ roof of the 2012 Olympics aquatics centre has reached its distinctive half-way point, now appearing on East London’s skyline. The 2,800-tonne steel structure is one of the most complex engineering challenges of the whole Olympics project

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THE unique wave shaped’ roof of the 2012 Olympics aquatics centre has reached its distinctive half-way point, now appearing on East London’s skyline.

The 2,800-tonne steel structure, 500ft end to end, is one of the most complex engineering and construction challenges of the whole Olympics project. It’s on track to be ready by the summer.

Schoolboy Usof Khan, from Bethnal Green’s Oaklands Secondary, was lucky enough to spend a week of work experience at the Stratford site.

“I learned a lot about the construction of the Aquatics centre,” said the 15-year-old. “It’s going to be a great building with its unique shape.”

He wants to be an architect when he leaves school—so the work experience on site was a good grounding in the construction industry.


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