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Olympics 2012 stadium starts to take shape in East London

PUBLISHED: 16:54 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:42 05 October 2010

2012 Olympics stadium taking shape

2012 Olympics stadium taking shape

GIANT steel structures reaching 100ft (35m) above the ground have been erected on the Olympic Stadium as the focal point for the 2012 Games starts to take shape. The first steel structures to go up on the site are colossal terracing supports which weigh 35 tonnes each. They are being lifted into place above the podium level to hold the 55,000 seats in the upper tiers of the stadium

GIANT steel structures reaching 100ft (35m) above the ground have been erected on the Olympic Stadium as the focal point for the 2012 Games starts to take shape.

The first steel structures to go up on the site are colossal terracing supports which weigh 35 tonnes each.

They are being lifted into place above the podium level to hold the 55,000 seats in the upper tiers of the stadium.

Work began this week on the south stand and 112 supports will be erected around the stadium podium over the next nine months.

The 40 metre long steel rakers have been made in Bolton, Lancs, and are being delivered to site in sections and are bolted together and lifted into place by a 200-tonne crane.

The stadium will be 160ft high when completed-10ft taller than Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt said: "People will now start to see the skeleton of the Olympic Stadium from miles around, giving a real indication of the sheer size and scale of this flagship venue.

"We are not complacent about the challenges we will face in this complex project over the coming months and years.

"But we have made a strong start thanks to the hard work of the team on the ground."

Construction started on the stadium three months ahead of schedule in May.

Work started last month on the 200 concrete rakers and 12,000 pre-cast concrete terracing 'jigsaw' pieces for the lower bowl which holds the 25,000 permanent stadium seats.

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