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In Pictures: final temporary seating removed from 2012 Aquatics Centre

Two cranes yesterday removed the final elements of the temporary seating stands at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid.

Now the seating stands have been removed, Balfour Beatty is to start work on transforming the centre, installing 3,000 sq m of glass along the sides.

The final trusses which formed the spine of the temporary seating stands on either side of the Aquatics Centre were removed today as part of the work to transform the former Olympic site into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

Each truss weighed 172 tonnes and required two cranes weighing 800 tonnes and 750 tonnes to lift and lower the pieces to the ground.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park chief executive Dennis Home: “The former Olympic Park is being transformed in to a fantastic new public park.

“The £292million project to adapt the Park and take down the temporary venues, like the Aquatics Centre seating, is running on time and on budget. We will open the first part of the Park this summer with a series of events in the north of the Park and the Copper Box opening to the public.

“The rest of the Park will open in phases through to spring 2014 when the Aquatics Centre will open and people will be able to swim in those fantastic Olympic-sized pools.”

 When the Aquatics Centre opens in spring 2014 it will have a cafe and crèche, a dry dive training area and a full programme of aquatics activities from lane swimming and lessons to aqua-aerobics, water polo and synchronised swimming.

The project is part of the £292m construction project to turn the Olympic Park into a new London quarter, re-opening in phases beginning with North Park in July 2013.

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