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2012 venue clears planning

The £300 million aquatics centre for the London 2012 Olympics has been given the green light by planners.

The Planning Committee for the Olympic Park cleared the way for Balfour Beatty to start building one of the showpiece venues when it approved the plans last night. Main construction work will start later this summer.

The 17,500 seat venue will be the gateway to the Olympic Park and will also feature a 250 m long bridge that will form part of its roof. This runs from the nearby Stratford City development to the park.
The Zaha Hadid-designed venue will be turned into a community and elite swimming pool in legacy mode with a maximum seating capacity of 3,500.