Last night the lights were switched on for the first time to illuminate the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, designed by global architecture and design practice Populous. The Prime Minister, David Cameron attended an exclusive ceremony within the Stadium to officially turn the lights on.
Rod Sheard, Senior Principal of Populous said: "Light has proved to be one of man's greatest achievements, today light is filling our Olympic Stadium and it signals the beginning of the end of the 2012 Olympic Games construction phase - Populous is proud to have played a part in bringing light to a part of London that was in darkness. In designing the stadium we knew that lighting would need to be one of the most important factors, both to illuminate the athletes and to ensure the stadium became the beacon of the event and of London at nightfall. We are thrilled to have reached this milestone for the project."
The symbolism of the date chosen for the ‘Lights on' was no coincidence, 20th December (20.12), and this key landmark in the construction process demonstrates how the games are becoming a physical reality for London in the build up to London 2012.