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Going swimmingly

The Olympic Delivery Authority is confident that demolition and decontamination work that is currently underway will allow construction work on the Aquatics Centre to start next summer.

Around 90 per cent of the structures on the nine hectare site have been demolished, including garages and asphalt and cement batching plants.

The swimming, diving and water polo venue will sit beside a stretch of the River Lea where dilapidated river walls are being repaired by eighteen metre steel pieces. An 800 metre stretch of the Lea is being widened by eight metres.

Five kilometres of railway sidings are being removed in an area between the Zaha Hadid-designed aquatics venue and the Olympic Stadium.

The cleared site will be a construction logistics centre for both venues. Balfour Beatty Rail Projects will design and build 12 new sidings at Orient Way just outside the Olympic Park.