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New images of the London 2012 Shooting venue – located in the grounds of Woolwich’s historic Royal Artillery Barracks - were today released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

The temporary venue in south-east London will host the Shooting and Paralympic Shooting competitions, in addition to Paralympic Archery.

The contractor for the three enclosed ranges and three open-air ranges is Hertfordshire-based John Sisk & Sons, with the venue set to be completed ahead of international shooting test events next spring.

Spectators will enter the venue with views of the world-famous military base - the longest continuous Georgian building façade in the UK - before taking their seats to watch the sporting action.

ODA Project Sponsor for the Shooting venue Richard Arnold said: 'The Shooting venue is the ODA’s final venue to start construction and will be ready to host test events next year. It will be a fitting arena for athletes during the London 2012 Games and spectators will also benefit from an excellent location that is steeped in history.'

LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: 'Staging the Shooting and Paralympic Archery events at the world famous Royal Artillery Barracks will provide a memorable background during the Games which will inspire the athletes and provide a great showcase for London and the UK.'

President of the International Shooting Sport Federation, Olegario Vázquez Raña, said during a recent visit to the site: 'It is fantastic to see our athletes and the sport of Shooting located at such an iconic venue at the very centre and heart of the London Games. We are extremely impressed with the design, plans and arrangements for the venue. It will provide a splendid stage upon which to showcase our athletes and sport to the world. We thank London 2012 for such innovation and detailed planning.'

The Pistol and Rifle competitions will be held across three ranges - a Finals range, 25m range and a combined 10m and 50m range. Three outdoor ranges will host the Olympic Shotgun competitions, which will then be transformed to stage Paralympic Archery.

It is estimated that more than 104,000 spectators will watch the competitions during the Games – equating to around 4,000 people every day.

Immediately after the Games, the venue will be dismantled as quickly as possible and the site returned to its original condition, after which it will be handed back to the Ministry of Defence.

London 2012 is working with the Government and other partners to identify opportunities where elements of the venue and sports equipment could be reused after the Games.

http://www.london2012.com/press/media-releases/2011/05/on-target-first-images-of-london-2012-shooting-venue-unv.php

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What is it with London cutting off the ESSENTIAL parts of the sports with their low-slung roofs? First, the swimming center...now Shooting. You can't see the targets from above!!

WHy didn't they build a deep convex roof for Olympic Stadium so half the stadium couldn't see what would be happening on the other side of the stadium? :blink:

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What is it with London cutting off the ESSENTIAL parts of the sports with their low-slung roofs? First, the swimming center...now Shooting. You can't see the targets from above!!

WHy didn't they build a deep convex roof for Olympic Stadium so half the stadium couldn't see what would be happening on the other side of the stadium? :blink:

It's probably just the angle of the photograph,Baron.It looks to us as if the view is cut off from the top but the people in the photo look as if they can see fine.Perspective!

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A free audio tour telling the story of the Olympic Park for visitors to The Greenway – an upgraded 2.5km walking and cycling path overlooking the Park – is now available to download.

The tour enables you to get in-depth and up-to-date information about the Olympic Park and the new London 2012 venues, while bringing to life the excitement of the Games.

It is narrated by Olympic gold medal-winning triple jumper Jonathan Edwards. Jonathan tells the story of the transformation on the Park, from start of construction on the site in 2007 to the latest progress on the venues, which are now nearing completion.

http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-park/audio-tour/

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International Broadcast Centre is the fifth Olympic venue to be completed

The construction of the International Broadcast Centre at the 2012 Olympic Park has been finished, it was announced today. It is the fifth Olympic venue to be completed.

The 24-hour media hub will form part of the Main Media Complex, which also includes the Main Press Centre.

The complex will cater for over 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and print journalists bringing the Games to an estimated four billion people worldwide. At 275 metre long and 104 metre wide the 21 metre tall buildings is big enough to house five jumbo jets.

The ODA says the building has been designed to be as “flexible as possible” to accommodate a range of potential tenants and uses after the Games.

A High Street with retail, leisure and support service outlets is being created to cater exclusively for accredited press and broadcasters.

The complex will also have a catering village and a multi-storey car park linking the IBC and MPC together via a structure that includes a conference room for up to 700 people.

Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson said: “The IBC is fundamental to the worldwide success of the Games housing thousands of the world’s media and sending pictures right across the world. As one of the largest venues on the Park, its completion with a year to go is a great achievement, and is yet another example of businesses across the country coming together to deliver for the United Kingdom.”

The announcement of the IBC’s completion came as the Olympic Delivery Authority delivered its annual report.

http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/international_broadcast_centre_is_the_fifth_olympic_venue_to_be_completed_1_962481

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yep Tennis is going to be at wimbledon and Olympic stadium is finished in east london, Westfield Mall Opens in Stratford in september 2011, and they are finishing building about 15 more buildings for the olympic village I see it every morning from my window as I live in stratford east london in front of westfield and I see the stadium from my living room...since Im not really interested in the olympics Im thinking about renting my flat during the period and leave the country on holidays...All the tickets are sold out Ive heard so I dont know whats going on it doesnt seem normal that no one can get any tickets

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Nice pix of Horse Guards parade being transformed into Bondi on Thames!

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Anyone got a bucket and spade? Sand dumped on Horse Guards for volleyball test

Under a leaden sky and a light London drizzle, 2012 Olympic organisers began their task of bringing the spirit of Bondi Beach and Copacabana to the heart of the British capital.

The first of 120 truckloads, a total 2,274 tons, of finest Surrey sand was dumped on Horse Guards Parade to create temporary competition and practice courts for a beach volleyball test event with one year to go to the real thing.

But if Bondi, the location for the event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, seemed far away, the Games are ticking ever closer.

'This is what it's all about, we're starting to get our hands dirty and make everything happen,' beamed LOCOG volleyball manager Bob Clarke.

'We've done a lot of planning to get to this stage and I'm really excited. We're the most iconic venue of the Games, in my opinion.'

The test event, a women's international, will be held from Aug. 9-14 with 24 teams including world No 1 ranked pairing Jennifer Kessy and April Ross from the United States.

'It's about getting the court right, the field of play and the technology for the results timing and scoring,' Clarke said.

'We need to test that and we need to test our workforce, the line judges, the score keepers, everybody that causes that field of play to work, the ball retrievers, court rakers. This is their opportunity to familiarise themselves with the venue and what their tasks will be at Games time.'

The backdrop will be Buckingham Palace in the distance, with government buildings and 10 Downing Street close by.

While the temporary facility will seat just 1,500, the Olympic venue will be a 15,000 seater - the same as Wimbledon's Centre Court.

The parade ground normally used for the daily Changing of the Guard ceremonies and after the test event, the sand will be carted off and reused by Volleyball England at training venues around Britain.

'There's certain things we are testing. What we are not trying to show is how exactly we are going to do it at Games time,' said Jeff Keas of architects Populous.

'We're not giving away too much early, we're still saving back some of the special things.'

Daily Mail

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Has anyone watched the x factor over the weekend. The boot camp has been on at Wembley arena. On the external shots they seem to have giant LED light/ video screens in the long windows on the facia above the main entrance.

Are this permanent, I cant find any images online of it but it looked fab, I hope they are there next year, weill be great for animating the branding

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