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Tuesday 28 Nov 2006

New design revealed for 2012 Aquatics Centre

These stunning new design concepts for the 2012 Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid have been unveiled amid rumours that the project was significantly over budget. (WAN News Review 24th November 2005) The revised scheme is now said to have come in at some £50 million less making a new total of £100 million. The original budget had been £75 million. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is refusing to comment on the grounds that revealing the cost now could damage tender negotiations. The new design retains the eye catching wave shaped roof symbolising the flow of water in aquatic sports. The Aquatics Centre will remain in use after the Games as a much needed permanent new world class swimming and sports facility for local communities as well as elite athletes. Contractors are already working on the Aquatics Centre site to prepare the ground for construction to start in mid-2008, with the venue due to be completed for testing in the Summer of 2011.

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