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I hope they've made sure this space works in the cold winter months and when it's raining (when isn't it raining?!)....

I mean, I can see this tree-lined boulevard being great in the summer months, but I hope it doesn't become windswept and empty the rest of the time.

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I really cannot wait to swim in the Aquatics Centre. It's only a few stops away on the Jubilee Line from me.

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Bishop Vs Coe: Clash Of The Titans

17th February 2014

It has been revealed today that Sport Relief champion John Bishop and four-time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe will captain two teams of celebrities and go head-to-head in a series of sporting challenges at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the huge Sport Relief Night of TV on Friday 21st March.

With the Clash of Titans trophy up for grabs, the competition will be fierce, the challenges demanding and the potential for sporting upset high.

John Bishop said: “For Sport Relief 2012, I spent a week of pain cycling, rowing and running from Paris to London. To say it was tough, is a huge understatement. But now, two years on, I am back again to take on whatever challenges Sport Relief throws at me. Am I intimidated by going up against four-time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe? No, I say, bring it on! May the best man win.”

And rival Sebastian Coe said: “As chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, I spent the best part of ten years preoccupied with the planning and delivery of London 2012. Not once did I imagine that less than two years later I would find myself back at the park competing. I hear John Bishop has quite a competitive streak but I know these venues inside out – something that, probably unrealistically, I am hoping will play to my advantage.”

On the night, Clare Balding will present all the action from the Aquatics Centre whilst, over at the Lee Valley Velodrome, Gabby Logan will be on hand as the teams compete in a variety of events including track cycling, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised swimming and a swimming relay.

It promises to be an incredible night of entertainment and the public has the opportunity to buy tickets to watch all the action from the two venues and cheer on their favourite team. Tickets go on sale today and are £15 plus bookings fees applied by Ticketmaster and at least £2.50 will be donated to Comic Relief by the BBC. Further details about the team line-ups will be announced in the run up to the event.

Get your tickets to witness this massive clash of the titans now!

http://www.sportrelief.com/latest/news/bishop-vs-coe-clash-titans

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Zaha Hadid's Aquatic Centre opens to the public

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Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre will be opened up to the public for the first time this weekend

The venue which had it’s temporary ‘wings’ removed back in May last year, has entered into ‘Legacy mode’, and will open to the public on Saturday.

Almost 14,000 temporary seats which were housed in huge ‘wings’ during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been removed and 2,800m² of glass and eight doors added.

The venue houses two 50 metre swimming pools, a 25 metre diving pool with boards and platforms up to 10 metres, a dry dive training area, a gym and a café.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘After a post-Olympic makeover, London’s majestic aquatics centre is now flinging open its doors for everyone to enjoy, whether an elite athlete or enthusiastic amateur. All of the world class sporting venues on the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have secured bright, futures, dispelling fears of white elephants and helping to drive our ambitious regeneration plans for east London.’

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive London Legacy Development Corporation added: ‘This is an exciting moment in the legacy of the Games. The iconic London Aquatics Centre with its unique design will now be open for the public to enjoy. We promised the former Olympic and Paralympic venues would have long-term legacy use and we have delivered.’

The reconstruction of the pool forms part of a £292 million construction programme at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will open in phases and began with the North Park back in July 2013.

The south end of the Queen Olympic Park, in which the Aquatics Centre sits, will also open to the public from April 2014.

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/zaha-hadids-aquatic-centre-opens-to-the-public/8659380.article?blocktitle=News-feature&contentID=9529

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London 2012 media centre to be transformed into "digital cluster"

February 26 - The former press and broadcast centres on the London 2012 Olympic Park will be transformed into a "world-leading creative and digital cluster", after plans for the development were approved.

The planning committee of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which is responsible for the regeneration legacy of the London 2012 Games, has given the green light to iCITY's plans

The hub, to be called Here East, will offer some of the "most advanced digital infrastructure in the world, including almost unlimited bandwidth connectivity and the highest capacity power", those behind it say.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/summer-olympics/2012/1018595-london-2012-media-centre-to-be-transformed-into-digital-cluster

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I love our Aquatics Centre! Anyway, I'm going for a swim and a dive in about 5 weeks, so I can take some outside photos and interior photos from the stands and the ground floor, and post them here. My favourite part of the Aquatics Centre is the roof. It's brilliant. You can see the true shape now that the wings have gone, which is a good thing IMO. It would of been good if they put like a slide somewhere in there, that can be moved when professional championships are taking place.

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I love our Aquatics Centre! Anyway, I'm going for a swim and a dive in about 5 weeks, so I can take some outside photos and interior photos from the stands and the ground floor, and post them here. My favourite part of the Aquatics Centre is the roof. It's brilliant. You can see the true shape now that the wings have gone, which is a good thing IMO. It would of been good if they put like a slide somewhere in there, that can be moved when professional championships are taking place.

Not only will you get to swim in an Olympic pool, but you'll get the opportunity to provide tangible evidence that you're actually from London. Killing two birds with one stone!

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Not only will you get to swim in an Olympic pool, but you'll get the opportunity to provide tangible evidence that you're actually from London. Killing two birds with one stone!

lmfao!

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Went and swam in the olympic pool this weekend. A great venue and it will be even better in a few years once all the building work on the park is done.

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Just snapped up a couple of tickets for the Revolution Series in the velodrome the week after next. Will be the first time I've been in the park since the Games. Can't wait!

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Olympic Velodrome prepares to reopen with public keen to have a spin

Amateur cyclists who want to follow in the footsteps of Sir Chris Hoy will soon have their chance – but there may be a queue

To one side the clogged arteries of the A12 are at a standstill. On the other expanses of parkland that took on a mystical hue during the summer of 2012 have become a huge building site that it is hoped will one day coalesce into a coherent whole.

Yet even framed by diggers and dirt, the swooping lines of the £105m London velodrome seem to rise serenely above the fray. Always the most visually appealing of the 2012 venues, it is also among the most evocative.

To enter its airy environs is to be immediately reminded of the sound and fury that greeted the achievements of Sir Chris Hoy, Laura Trott, Dame Sarah Storey and the rest.

When opens its doors again on Friday for the Revolution Series, in which Trott is one of the star turns, it will be the first glimpse for the 6,000 spectators [including me!] of a scheme that hopes to marry elite use with an ambitious community programme.

The comedian John Bishop and Lord Coe will lead teams of celebrities around the track in aid of Sport Relief the following week, before the velodrome and associated BMX track, road racing circuit and mountain bike trails welcome the public from 31 March.

Following in the footsteps of Hoy and the rest won't come cheap. For first-timers a £30 induction (which includes bike hire) is required, followed by another three sessions at £20 each, before riders can pitch up whenever they like.

Although that may seem steep in an area that is among the most deprived in Britain, the operators argue that clubs can take over the facility for £100 an hour, and that school sessions will work out from £4.33 per rider.

Use of the mile-long road racing track that snakes its way across the land between the velodrome and the BT Sport studios, the five-mile mountain-biking trail that looms perilously above the dual carriageway and the remodelled BMX track costs as little as £6 for adults and £4 for kids.

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority's chief executive, Shaun Dawson, who runs the agency that owns and operates not only the velodrome but the Eton Manor hockey and tennis centre and the 2012 white water rafting facility, admits the balancing act is a tricky one.

He hopes to use income from major events such as the Revolution series and 2016 World Track Championships, as well as from hiring out the track for corporate team-building events, to subsidise prices for public, club and school use.

Unlike the aquatics centre and the main stadium, which have had tortured backstories, the legacy plan for the velodrome has been set in stone since the bid was won. Further back still there was an acknowledgement that London lacked a velodrome and that the site where the Eastway track – on which Eddy Merckx once competed in 1977 – stood might be an ideal spot.

Plans for the Lee Valley VeloPark have not been without controversy – Dawson admits local clubs are "disgruntled" at having to join the queue to book track time rather than being granted affiliate status. But he argues that with so many constituencies to satisfy, it is the only way. Dawson also concedes that it must play its part in countering the impression that cycling remains a middle-class pursuit.

"One of the key things here is that we've got 400 bikes to hire," he said. "We're not necessarily expecting people to have their own. You don't have to spend a fortune on kit."

CycleSurgery have been signed up as the VeloPark's first sponsor, raising a seven-figure sum over 10 years, and others will follow – including a naming partner.

Other sports, such as tennis, are being considered for the space in the middle of the track. Dawson insists the venue will run at break even within five years while remaining accessible.

British Cycling's elite programme will remain based in Manchester but Dawson insists that has proved a "blessing in disguise", given the demand for access.

Like the London Legacy Development Corporation, which manages venues inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park including the stadium and the aquatics centre, he must deliver under intense scrutiny. But Dawson is insistent that London can become the latest cog to drive the success of British cycling. Given the venue's catchment area, over the next two decades he vows to at least match the volume of talent produced in Manchester over the past 20.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/mar/10/olympic-velodrome-reopen-public-cycling

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