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I went to the Mountain bike venue today in sunny Essex. Its gonna be pretty spectacular. The course is in Hadleigh Country Park which is right next to Hadleigh Castle. Most of the course is closed off

I won a competition to do a photo expedition of the olympic park and go into the velodrome a week Saturday as part of the Open Weekend. Did anyone else enter and win?

Great video, loving the sculptured parkland areas too, its gonna be breathtaking. There was a great piece on the one show tonight filmed mainly from the stadium perspective and it was a really positi

What kind of news?

I don't know but it is the website. All I know is that tennis is in Wimbleton. Oh yeah, I saw a proposed Olympic Stadium weeks ago. Are you referring to all sports venues or Olympic Villages?

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Any news regarding the 2012 Olympic Venues?

Well,

They have mentioned The Lord's Cricket Ground and Velo Park. The website also says that they started construction on the temporary venues. That's all I can tell for now.

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News on the latest costings:

LONDON, April 8 AP - London 2012 officials announced the cost of the Olympic Stadium and the aquatic centre today, plus the names of the British firms that will build them.

The 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium, which will be built by a consortium involving Robert Alpine, HOK Sport and Buro Happold, remained at STG496 million ($A1.07 billion).

That includes the price of converting it to a 25,000-seat athletics venue after the Games.

The Olympic Delivery Authority said the cost of building the 17,500-capacity aquatics centre and the land bridge that will be the main gateway into the Olympic Park will be STG303 million ($A651.05 million).

The swimming centre component will cost STG242 million ($A519.98 million).

That venue, which will be built by Balfour Beatty, will be reduced to 2,500 seats after the games.

The ODA also revealed the cost of the velopark within the Olympic Park, which includes an indoor track and a BMX circuit.

The cost of the venue, and work to add features after the Games, will be STG80 million ($A171.9 million).

A contractor will soon be announced, with construction due to start next year.

``All of these venues will not only provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Games in the summer of 2012 but also provide permanent legacy facilities for elite and community use long after the games have gone,'' ODA chief executive David Higgins said.

The ODA added it had set up an 11-member independent dispute avoidance panel to avoid any problems during construction.

Disputes with contractors contributed to the two-year delay in completing Wembley stadium, which opened in March 2007 in northwest London.

``This independent panel will help us and our contractors work together to identify and resolve any potential issues early,'' Higgins said.

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Having the Tennis at Wimbledon will be great. I have been there a few times and there is just something special about the place. Not sure if they are going to play on the grass or drop in hard courts. Hope it going to be on the grass.

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Interesting article on the regeneration:

By Alex Morales

May 20 (Bloomberg) -- At the 2012 London Olympics site, five 35-ton washing machines are rumbling away, removing arsenic and tar from more than 1.5 million tons of earth.

The city's largest cleanup since World War II is part of what Dan Epstein, head of sustainability for London's Olympic Delivery Authority, calls the ``legacy'' of the games.

``The big prize is to regenerate an area of London the size of Exeter,'' said Epstein, referring to a city in southwest England with 120,000 residents. ``We took over an incredibly contaminated site.''

Construction of the 80,000-seat main stadium, scheduled to begin May 22, has created Europe's biggest building site. The decision to transform industrial land, soaked with chemicals and dotted with warehouses, helped London win the games and stirred debate among residents and environmentalists.

Clearing the site will cost 364 million pounds ($708 million). The total budget, funded by local and central governments and national lottery money, has ballooned to 9.3 billion pounds, almost triple original estimates.

Before the work started, the 246-hectare site in Stratford, east London, had more than 220 buildings, two disused landfills and 52 pylons. After the games, the area will have 10,000 homes and the largest park built in a European capital city for 150 years, says Epstein.

His team of 16 organizers is ``focused on trying to get the greenest games ever,'' Epstein said. The effort includes generating wind energy, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and sourcing timber from sustainable forests.

Manhole Covers

More than 90 percent of the material from demolished buildings will be used to build the new sports facilities. Salvaged lamp-posts and manhole covers will be incorporated into sculptures in the park.

Organizers must ensure the development leaves a lasting legacy beyond 2012, said Andrew Boff, a Conservative Party member of the London Assembly.

``The costs have wildly varied since the start of the process,'' said Boff. ``If all the Olympics give us is a lovely warm feeling as a memory years afterwards, then we've got to ask ourselves, `Was it worth the 9.3 billion?' If as a result we get improved public services, improved opportunities for some of the poorest communities in the country, we can look back and say it was a job well done. It isn't guaranteed.''

Wildlife is part of the project. The Olympic Delivery Authority, set up by the government to build the venues, moved 1,698 smooth newts and 110 common toads from the site to a new pond a mile to the north, in the Lee Valley Regional Park, said Simon Wightman, the park's biodiversity manager.

Cycle Track

After the games, the 26-mile-long park will be extended two miles to the River Thames.

Still, developers have ejected from the site some users who are normally associated with so-called green lifestyles: cyclists and people who grew fruit and vegetables on allotments -- which are patches of land leased to individuals for cultivation -- at Manor Gardens.

``Sustainability was supposed to be a cornerstone of the games,'' said Julia Sumner, who held one of the 83 allotments. ``Demolishing us was not a very good signal for the future.''

More than 7,500 people had petitioned for Manor Gardens to be kept. Original plans didn't include alternatives for Eastway, a cycle track that was razed, said Michael Humphreys, chairman of Eastway Users' Group. Then, the Ramney Marsh site suggested by organizers didn't come up to scratch.

Greenhouse Gas

``These people don't seem to have had the interests of grassroots sport at heart,'' Humphreys said. The eventual compromise cycling site, at Hog Hill, is yet to open, 17 months after the Eastway track closed.

``People are always going to be unhappy,'' said Epstein, adding that the cyclists and gardeners will have facilities after 2012. ``Nobody wants to move and it's a huge inconvenience.''

After the games, the athletes' village will be turned into 4,000 homes, and 6,000 more will be built. They'll be constructed with insulation and other features that ensure greenhouse gas emissions are 20 percent less than from a ``conventional 2006 development,'' Epstein said.

Electricity will come partly from a 2.2-megawatt wind turbine and a power plant that heats water with the excess warmth from generating electricity.

A total of 8.5 kilometers of waterways are being cleaned and dredged, and 110 hectares, or 45 percent, of the site will become park after 2012. That will improve an impoverished part of London, Epstein said.

The borough of Newham, home to the Olympic site, is the sixth most deprived part of England, according to the government's deprivation index, which combines social, economic and housing indicators.

``We're not just cleaning it up, we're making it more accessible,'' he said. ``It'll be an example of how you need to develop these sites in the future.''

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Interesting article and some huge statistics here which sum up the scale of what's going on:

  • The big prize is to regenerate an area of London the size of Exeter,'' said Epstein, referring to a city in southwest England with 120,000 residents.
  • Before the work started, the 246-hectare site in Stratford, east London, had more than 220 buildings, two disused landfills and 52 pylons. After the games, the area will have 10,000 homes and the largest park built in a European capital city for 150 years
  • After the games, the 26-mile-long park will be extended two miles to the River Thames.
  • A total of 8.5 kilometers of waterways are being cleaned and dredged, and 110 hectares, or 45 percent, of the site will become park after 2012

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And this just goes to show the sheer scale of what is being done. It is not simply a sporting festival and the numbers for simply staging the sporting festival are much lower. This is a once in a couple of lifetimes regeneration project.

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We have be told here over and over again that hosting big sports games don`t bring development. So, what should we call this once in a life time regeneration to that part of London?

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If only you agree with me that development is prosperity and advancement.

You can check up the post #290 in this link:

http://www.gamesbids.com/forums/index.php?...9686&st=280

You keep mixing things up.

To host the Games, a city / country needs to have basic infrastructure in place. By that I mean, a solid transport backbone, telecommunication infrastructure, accommodation, good health and security organisations... The Games wont' bring all this: they simply don't have that kind of "power".

What the Games can do on the other hand is speeding up already defined development plans for specific areas of a city: that what we have seen in Barcelona and Athens for example, and what we should see in London.

The 2-step bidding process is aimed at selecting during the first phase the cities that have the basic infrastructure (or will have with no great risk within the next 7 years) needed to stage such an event.

During the second phase, it's up to each individual IOC members to use whatever criteria he/she may want to decide which city he/she considers the better choice (one of these criteria could be what kind of legacy a city would get, in which city the Games would have the greatest impact...).

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You keep mixing things up.

To host the Games, a city / country needs to have basic infrastructure in place. By that I mean, a solid transport backbone, telecommunication infrastructure, accommodation, good health and security organisations... The Games wont' bring all this: they simply don't have that kind of "power".

What the Games can do on the other hand is speeding up already defined development plans for specific areas of a city: that what we have seen in Barcelona and Athens for example, and what we should see in London.

The 2-step bidding process is aimed at selecting during the first phase the cities that have the basic infrastructure (or will have with no great risk within the next 7 years) needed to stage such an event.

During the second phase, it's up to each individual IOC members to use whatever criteria he/she may want to decide which city he/she considers the better choice (one of these criteria could be what kind of legacy a city would get, in which city the Games would have the greatest impact...).

Lol! Hahaha...you are explaining this in circle. Like begging the question.

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Lol! Hahaha...you are explaining this in circle. Like begging the question.

And once again, proving that not only you don't have a clue about what you are talking about but also that you will make no effort to think and try to understand...

If you can't understand the difference between having the minimum required infrastructure and needing to redevelop a part of a city, then it's your loss.

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And once again, proving that not only you don't have a clue about what you are talking about but also that you will make no effort to think and try to understand...

If you can't understand the difference between having the minimum required infrastructure and needing to redevelop a part of a city, then it's your loss.

In a whole, what is the end result?

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