Construction of major Olympic venues reaches completion

28 July 2011

Posted by Michelle Devonshire

With less than a year to go until the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the last of the major venues for the event has now been completed.

Builders have finished the Aquatics Centre "on time and on budget", according to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which unveiled the building to celebrate the 12-month point until the contest commences on July 27th.

Team GB member Tom Daley marked the opening of the facility by making the first dive into the pool and it joins the other five finished venues in the competition portfolio - the Handball Arena, Basketball Arena, the Veoldrome, the International Broadcast Centre and the Olympic Stadium.

The Olympic site has been cleaned, cleared and populated with the buildings and infrastructure required to stage the event, with high standards of accessible design and sustainability used in its construction.

Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, remarked: "The build project for London 2012 has been a huge success for the British construction industry, public sector and UK plc as a whole."

Around 15,000 international athletes will participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

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