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    OLYMPIC STADIUM CONSTRUCTORS PRAISED FOR PERFORMANCE

    Stadium on time, under budget and with an exemplary safety record 

    The last piece of turf has been laid today on the Olympic Stadium’s field of play, marking the completion of construction on the flagship venue. 

    Construction started on the Olympic Stadium three years ago and has been completed “on time, under budget and with an exemplary safety record“. Over 240 UK businesses won contracts for construction of the Stadium and over 5250 people worked on the project. 

    ODA chairman John Armitt praised the design and construction team led by Sir Robert McAlpine saying:

    “The Olympic Stadium has been finished on time and under budget. To complete a complicated project such as this in less than three years is testament to the skill and professionalism of the UK construction industry. I would like to thank the Team Stadium consortium and all of the workers for their hard work and commitment.”

    Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt said:

    “The Olympic Stadium is the stunning centrepiece of the Olympic Park. Hundreds of businesses from across the UK have been involved in its creation. This is another landmark day for the London 2012 project and shows that Britain is at the forefront of the construction world.”

    Construction facts and figures
    • Construction started in May 2008 and has been completed in just under three years.
    • Design and construction team led by Sir Robert McAlpine
    • Over 5250 people have worked on the project over the past three years with the operatives workforce peaking at 650
    • Over 240 businesses, from Devon to Scotland, have worked on the construction of the Stadium.
    • More than 5,000 reinforced concrete columns were installed into the ground, up to 20m deep, to provide the foundations to support the Stadium structure
    • 112 steel rakers and 12,000 pre-cast concrete terracing units hold the spectator seating in place
    • Roof compression truss is made up of 28 steel sections, each one is 15m high by 30m long and weigh 85 tonne. A 1,350-tonne super lift crane was assembled in the field of play to lift them into place between January and July in 2009.
    • Cable net roof provides the correct conditions for athletes on the field of play and covering two-thirds of spectators. The roof is covered by 112 panels of white material, totalling 25,000 m². The fabric was fitted by a team of 23 expert abseilers.
    • Stadium is lit by 532 individual floodlights housed in 14 towers. The top of the towers reach 70m above the field of play.
    • 14 lighting tower weigh 34 tonnes each and are 28m high. They were lifted into place by a 650 tonne crane over a period of 14 days in March 2010.
    • 700 rooms and spaces within the Stadium, including changing rooms and toilets. The fit-out work has required15,000sqm of plasterboard, 140,000 blocks to create walls, 11km of pipes for drainage, 338km of power cables plus 33km of other data systems cabling and 12km of ventilation ducts.
    • Turf for the field of play was grown in Scunthorpe and was laid over a period of three days in March 2011.
    • Track will be laid later this year to allow for LOCOG to carry out temporary overlay work which may need cranes and so could damage the track if it was laid now.
    • Black and white spectator seats were designed in the UK and manufactured in a factory in Luton. They were fitted between May and December 2010.
    • Toilets for spectators are spread out across 32 separate buildings on the podium level and are all now functional.

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