London 2012 Olympic Stadium III
By David Gutierrez | London Photographer
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London 2012 Olympic Stadium
The Olympic Stadium will host the four spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies at London 2012, as well as some of the most iconic Games events.
The Stadium is at the heart of the Olympic Park on an ‘island’ site, surrounded by waterways on three sides. Spectators will reach the venue via five bridges that link the site to the surrounding area.
An Olympic Stadium with such a large removable element and mix of permanent and temporary seating has never been attempted before.
The Stadium is also the most sustainable ever built for an Olympic Games. The lower tier sits within a bowl in the ground, which minimises the use of construction materials. This bowl was created by excavating 800,000 tonnes of soil, the majority of which was cleaned and reused elsewhere on the Olympic Park.
Around 10,000 tonnes of steel were used to build the venue – significantly less than in other Olympic stadiums, making its construction more sustainable. The top ring of the Stadium was built using surplus gas pipes – a visual testament to London 2012’s efforts to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’.
Construction began in May 2008 and was completed in just under three years, with the final piece of turf laid in March 2011.