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Rendering of how the converted stadium will look

The final bill for the stadium in Queen Elizabeth Park has been confirmed by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) at £272 million. Add that to the original £430 million for the Olympic version to get £702 million, making the stadium the most expensive in Britain and in the same league as some US billion-dollar builds.

The LLDC’s strategy is still on course, with international events scheduled for the venue, a pro-active operator in place and a Premier League tenant that will bring large audiences to the site on a regular basis. It will be the only stadium in the UK to meet UEFA Category 4 classification and be a fully compliant IAAF Category 1 athletics facility. Hemmed in by the commitment to athletics, the LLDC chose to convert rather than rebuild, which was made possible by the latest roof and retractable seating technology. The cost overrun of £118m on its original estimate is put down by the LLDC to:

the huge scale of the works undertaken to transform the former Olympic venue from a temporary athletics stadium into a year-round multi-use arena capable of delivering world class sporting and cultural events.

LLDC predicts:

The Stadium will help deliver millions of additional visitors to the area every year and will be part of a regeneration programme that will create an additional economic benefit to east London of well over £3 billion.

The Stadium work included the removal of the original roof and light paddles and installation of a new permanent roof, the largest of its kind in the world. The 45,000sq. m cantilevered roof needed significant strengthening of the superstructure to support the 8km of cable net, 112 steel rafters, 9,900 roof panels and 14 light paddles each weighing 45 tonnes. The new roof covers every seat in the venue, improving the acoustics and spectator experience.

An innovative retractable seating system required the removal of the lower seating bowl. The 21,000 movable seats bring the fans close to the pitch for football and rugby ensuring the Stadium has a long-term legacy.  Other works included installing catering facilities, toilets and turnstiles, all of which were only temporary during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Before the Stadium re-opens permanently in 2016, the transformation works will be paused this summer to allow the venue to host the Great Newham London Run, Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, a Barbarians v Samoa rugby union fixture, five matches in the Rugby World Cup 2015, an England v New Zealand Rugby League international and the Race of Champions motorsport event.

David Goldstone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

We have invested in transforming a temporary athletics venue into a permanent world class multi use arena that has a secure and long-term sustainable future. This has required a significant amount of work and innovative engineering solutions.

Alongside the transformation work the deals signed with British Athletics and West Ham United and the appointment of a stadium operator ensures the Stadium will pay its way and not require any continuing subsidy from the taxpayer.

With a significant amount of work still to do until the Stadium opens in its permanent mode, the Legacy Corporation still holds a contingency fund, which is not included in the costs already announced. Once the transformation of the Stadium is complete it will not require continuous subsidy from the taxpayer and will see a return to the taxpayer through future profits due to the agreements in place with the operator VINCI and concessionaires West Ham United and UK Athletics. The Stadium will contribute to the ongoing and hugely successful regeneration programme already being delivered at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

London legacy in QE park

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The phased opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games) is under way. The Olympics anniversary weekend will be celebrated with two events on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Open East Festival in the north of the Park and the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in the former Olympic Stadium. Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

We want to recapture the magic of the Games one year on. That is why we are opening certain areas of the Park ahead of schedule – to give people a glimpse of what they can expect to see when it fully re-opens in spring next year. We’ve got a fantastic line-up of events to celebrate the anniversary, from athletics to children’s events that the whole family can enjoy.

Ahead of the anniversary weekend the Summer Events Series includes Hard Rock Calling featuring Kasabian and Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band and Yahoo! Wireless headlined by Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.

Areas of the north of the Park will start to open to the public from 29 July. It is expected that residents living closest to the Park will form the bulk of the crowds until the Park fully opens in spring 2014.

The Olympic Stadium will host the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games: (26-28 July) bringing athletics back to the stadium for the first time since the Olympics.

The Copper Box is the first venue to open on a full-time basis as the new home to the London Lions basketball team (27 July).

Park-wide sports events include the Prudential Ride London: (3-4 August), the largest cycling event in the UK and a Festival of Disability Sport (7 September)

The majority of the Park remains a construction site as the Legacy Corporation continues with its ‘Clear, Connect, Complete’ programme to remove Games-time overlay, finish the venues and connect the Park to the surrounding areas.

London Olympic venues in the QE Park are being transformed for legacy use.

London Olympic venues in the QE Park are being transformed for legacy use.

Transformation details include:

  • 2,274,000 hours worked on site up to the end of May
  • 1,355 people on site at peak
  • 60 apprentices in total (97 per cent from the local area)
  • 250,000m3 of soil has been re-used across the site which equates to 312,500 tonnes of material
  • 10 temporary bridges have been moved and reinstated by the time the Park is complete
  • The number of new trees planted on the site to date is 1,380 and there will be 4,300 in total

Transformation milestones:

  • Copper Box – first venue to open on 27 July, 2013
  • North of the Park – Timber Lodge including Unity Kitchen Cafe, Tumbling Bay playground, and parklands opening to the public from 29 July
  • Aquatics centre – original design revealed following removal of temporary external structures
  • Stadium transformation works have been granted planning permission
  • Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – New tennis courts and hockey pitches are on target for completion in late 2013
  • South Park – transformation works on landscaping has started
  • Removal of temporary bridges to create permanent landscaping
  • Northern retail access route relocated this will become Waterden Road.

Transformation – What next?

  • Lee Valley VeloPark – Cycle circuit and BMX conversion works to be completed
  • Stadium – Following planning permission, works to commence on site later in the year
  • East Marsh – Football pitches reinstated
  • Aquatics Centre – Completion of internal fit out and external landscaping.

Reuse, recycle, re-locate

3,000 seats from the Basketball Arena have been reused in the permanent hockey seating at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Stadium inside a stadium for Hungary national

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Hungary’s government has unveiled plans to build a 65,000-seat national stadium inside the walls of the existing Ferenc Puskas stadium. The track will be removed to provide room for new accommodation spaces and the old walls used to create the external facade.

This project is the latest in a series of proposals to deliver a new national stadium. Construction of a new athletics track, Olympic swimming pool, and velodrome next to the national stadium are also part of the project. Construction is due to start in 2014 with the opening intended for 2017.

The new national stadium and Olympic sports park in Budapest will cost up to 300 million euros.

The new national stadium and Olympic sports park in Budapest will cost up to 300 million euros.hungarian national stadium