Preparation of Buildings


The London 2012 Olympic BMX track will be held just outside the velodrome. It will be a 400m circuit with races taking around 40 seconds. There are 48 athletes competing and 2 gold medals up for grabs.

BMX is the most recent sport to enter the Olympics making its debut in Beijing in 2008.

The BMX track will have bumps and tight corners.

On the left is the Beijing track in 2008. Men’s length-370m. Women’s Length-350m. The London track looks similar.


London Olympic Stadium will be the centrepiece of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium will be located at Marshgate Lane in Stratford in the Lower Lea Valley and will have a capacity for the Games of approximately 80,000 making it temporarily the third largest stadium in Britain behind Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium. Land preparation for the stadium began in mid 2007, with the official construction start date on 22 May 2008, although piling works for the foundation unofficially began four weeks ahead of that date.


The Temple of Hera

During the 7th century, one of the very earliest monumental Greek temples was built at Olympia, originally a temple to both Zeus and Hera. After the establishment of the great Temple of Zeus, it served Hera alone. In the 7th century, the temple was made of wood, but gradually was replaced in stone. The surviving capitals date to every period, from the late 7th century to Roman times. At the west end of the cella stood the archaic sculptures of Zeus and Hera, and the head of Hera has been recovered in the excavations. Here also was found the famous Hermes, sculpted by Praxiteles. The treasure givern to the temple was put on show for the public to see and appreciate.


The Olympic velodrome was the first Olympic Park Venue to be completed; the construction of it started in 2009 and finished in 2011. 48,000 cubic meters of material was used and over 300,000 nails were used to hold the Siberian pinewood (which is 56km long) in place. The roof is meant to be the geometry of the cycling track. 2,500 sections of steelwork are 12 metres high from the lowest part to the highest part of the structure.

The Velodrome has a 360° structure with windows all the way round it overlooking the whole of the Olympic Park and the roof provides enough light with an all-the-time energy efficient building. There are 2 rows of seats all the way round the track so wherever you sit you will always see the action.

The heating and ventilation system is adjusted to make the athletes perform to their highest standard possible. The slope, temperature and environmental condition are factors which affect the speed of the track. Apparently, the Velodrome is one of the most sustainable buildings in the Olympic Park and the roof weighs about half as much as a normal velodrome.

When the Olympic Games has finished, the Velodrome will be converted to a road cycle circuit joined with a mountain bike track and will become a “Velo Park” for the public.     


The cycling Velodrome in the picture here is  the first of many buildings in the Olympic park to be finished; this isn’t surprising really since at Beijing in 2008 our cycling team absolutely smashed the other competitors with mighty force like a Greek wrestler in Ancient times would have smashed a weak opponent. The thing is even if London hadn’t won the bid the velodrome would’ve still been built and the weird thing is the building its self was only meant have a capacity of 1,500 people but now it’s got a capacity of 6000. Where and how did they find the other 5,500? Is it really a Tardis because in a stadium you normally design it for a specific capacity and nothing else; you may be able to fit another 50 or odd seats but how on earth did they find another 5,500? It’s like the seats were originally designed for John Prescott and when we won the bid they designed them for Cameron Diaz. Anyway this building like our success in Beijing looks great.  


The Olympic Stadium will be the center of the 2012 Summer Olympics games. The stadium will be at Marshgate Lane in Stratford. It will have a hold about approximately 80,000 people making it temporarily the third largest stadium in Britain behind Wembley Stadium and Twickeham Stadium. Land preparation for the stadium began in 2007, with the official start date on 22 May 2008.


The London aquatic centre will be equipped with a 25m diving pool and 2x50m swimming pools  for the 2012 Olympics. During the Games it will have a capacity of 17,500, which will be reduced to 2,500 after the Games. Everybody is looking forward to the opening of the Aquatics Centre in 2011. It should be exciting for the price of £303 million to build.

The aquatic centre will house the following sports diving , swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo.


The London velodrome is the first 2012 Olympic Park venue to be finished. The temperature in the velodrome always stays the same so it doesn’t get to hot while people are in there. The way the track slopes allows the cyclists to stay perpendicular to the floor.

The cycling track is expected to be just under its budget at around £93m. This is the first venue to be completed at the Olympic Park. It took a team of 26 carpenters eight weeks to install the Siberian Pine Track and more than 350.000 nails were used on its 5km of surface. Organisers are thinking that this track will be the world’s fastest track.

2012: London Olympic Stadium


Olympic Stadium

The stadium is in Stratford. It is costing £537m to make. “Populous” is the architect working on the site. The main stadium is going to hold 80,000 people.


The stadium at Olympia, is located to the east of the sanctuary of Zeus. It was the location of many of the sporting events at the Ancient Olympic Games. The stadium was a holy place for the ancient Greeks, as this is where sporting activities dedicated to Zeus were held. The stadium was originally located within the temenos (sacred area) , with spectators able to view races from the slopes of Mt. Kronos. It was gradually relocated east until it reached its present location in the early 5th century.

The stadium is connected with the sanctuary by a vaulted stone passageway.

The track is 212.54 m  long and 28.5 m wide and surrounded by grassy banks on all sides. All the seats were made of mud and on the southern slope there was a stone platform, the exedra, on which the Hellanodikai, the judges, would sit. The stadium could hold 20,000 spectators.


2 Responses to Preparation of Buildings

  1. CS says:

    Comment on GA’s 2012 Olympic building blog: A good blog but needs more text but overall a good blog entry

  2. FM says:

    I like the “preparation of Buildings” section because I’ve learnt things about ancient and modern buildings which I did not know about. however it seems as though quite a few people have all done the Olympic Velodrome.

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