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Olympic building work completed

Building work on the Olympic Park in east London has been officially completed, and the nine main competition venues have now been handed over to organisers for 'fitting out'.

Organisers, who announced new names for a number of the venues, will now begin the process of installing all the sports equipment, plus timing and scoring equipment, and other temporary features.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said on Monday: "The handover of the Olympic Park sounds the starting pistol in the race to get the site and venues ready to host the two biggest sporting events on the planet.

"In just 200 days time, 200 countries - more than the membership of the United Nations - will be sending 15,000 athletes and 20,000 accredited media to London to create history.

"There is huge excitement ahead and we want the whole country to start planning their summer."

Those venues and walkways in the 500-acre Olympic Park site which have been renamed are: Riverbank Arena (formerly Hockey Centre); Copper Box (formerly Handball Arena) reflecting the copper cladding; Stratford Walk (formerly Aquatics Centre bridge, the 250m-long land bridge forming the main gateway); London Way, the central spine of the Olympic Park; and Orbit Circus, located around the Orbit, the 115m-high visitor attraction in the south of the park.

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the ODA, said the handover had taken place according to plan.

He said: "We are in fine form ahead of the Games, having built the venues and main infrastructure on time and within budget."

The Olympic Park on Monday hosted the first Cabinet meeting of the year.


From Belfast Telegraph