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    London 2012

    Not long to go now!


    100 days to go

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    Aquatics Centre

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    Basketball Arena

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    Chobham Academy (new school)

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    Eton Manor

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    Handball Arena

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    Hockey Arena

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    Olympic Park

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    Olympic Stadium

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    Olympic Village

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    Training Grounds

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    Velodrome

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    Water Polo Arena

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    Olympic Park Panorama's

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    Well done. And I hear they're only $15 Billion in debt for the big effort.

    Now ... try to imagine what NYC would look like right now if we had won the '12 games ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Well done. And I hear they're only $15 Billion in debt for the big effort.

    Now ... try to imagine what NYC would look like right now if we had won the '12 games ...
    The Olympics certainly aren't a cheap event to host, and had London replicated the wasteful short-term template established by Athens and Beijing; we would be in serious trouble.

    Fortunately unlike the Beijing Olympics which were an ego-trip to reinforce the emergence of China as a world power, the London Games are a catalyst to reclaim an asbestos ridden industrial wasteland and create a new focal point for East London. Hosting the likes of Usain Bolt is merely a cherry on top of the cake.

    £9.3bn ($15.0bn) was set aside for the games which includes everything from construction of the arenas, accommodation & other facilities, regeneration of the land, security, transport improvements, as well as a contingency fund. As of March of this year, £0.5bn ($0.8bn) had not been spent, so that games will come in under budget.

    That naturally also neglects direct revenue inputs such as merchandising, ticket sales and advertising. For instance merchandising alone is expected to generate £1.0bn ($1.6bn). You also have countless other indirect Olympic-focused revenue generation sources such as increased consumer spending in the wider economy, wider use of the transport network, higher bookings at restaurants, fully occupied hotels, etc... Construction work has also supported a variety of businesses and people in London and across the UK during the downturn.

    I take the view that the 'profit' will come from the long-term construction in and around the area, future investment, as well as expanded employment opportunities that have and will be generated from the creation of another critical London hub. Stratford City also reconnects the various isolated periphery neighbourhoods, while transport upgrades were either brought forward or expanded upon.


    If New York can produce an Olympic plan that has a focus on regeneration and long-term improvements for housing and transportation, then it ought to get behind a bid; the short, mid & long-term benefits are simply too good to miss out on.

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    But given the economic + political freeze over the past few years in the USA a 2012 games in NYC would have been a debacle.

    More power to London & hope it all works out. Things look great (and will look even better once the trees grow a bit).

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    Crossrail

    Royal Oak Tunnel Approach (Great Western Main Line and Hammersmith & City Line in foreground)

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    Paddington Station

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    Bond Street Station

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    Tottenham Court Road - East



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    Tottenham Court Road - West

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    Farringdon Station

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    Liverpool Street-Moorgate Station

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    Whitechapel Station

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    Canary Wharf Station

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    Pudding Mill Tunnel Approach

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    Connaught Tunnel (built in 1878, previously part of the North London Line, but will be utilised as part of the Crossrail Abbey Abbey Wood branch)

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    North Woolwich Shaft

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    Plumstead Tunnel Approach

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    Pudding Mill Lane Station

    Originally opened in 1996 on the Stratford branch of the DLR, the station is currently located in the path of the eastern tunnel portal for the Crossrail route out to Shenfield. As such, the present station will be demolished and repositioned slightly to the south.




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    Cable Car

    Work continues to progress on the new cable car linking ExCeL (an exhibition centre) and the 02 Arena.


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    London Heavy Rail Usage Up

    According to latest figures published by the Office for Rail Regulation (ORR) (Source: http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.10902) for the 2010-11 period, the number of non-London Underground heavy rail journeys focused on London, increased by 73.9mn (11.7%) to 706.3mn.
    - Annual growth equivalent to an additional 205,000 passenger journeys each day, raising the average number of journeys (including weekends) each day to 2mn.
    - The number of people utilising Network Rail lines solely in London (excluding London Underground) stood at 371.7mn, an increase of 54.8mn (17.3%).
    - The number of people commuting into London from the surrounding urban/metro area and further afield stood at 334.5mn, an increase of 19.2mn (6.1%).

    All the train operating companies which are focused on London experienced growth in passenger journeys, with London Overground seeing the largest percentage increase of 55.2% (19.0mn) to 53.6mn passenger journeys. South West Trains which is the UK's largest train operator based out of London Waterloo saw an increase of 6.7% (12.7mn) to 202.6mn passengers per annum.


    The ORR has also published statistics for station usage across the UK (Source: http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.10890), which detailed that the eight busiest (not factoring in London Underground) stations in the UK were located in Central London.

    All of the major London stations experienced growth, with London Waterloo remaining the busiest; used by 91.75mn passengers each year. London Victoria was the second busiest at 73.57mn, with London Liverpool Street third at 55.76mn.

    London Bridge, London Charing Cross, London Euston, London Paddington, London King's Cross, London St Pancras, London Cannon Street and East Croydon all handled in excess of 20mn per annum. In addition, there are now 178 (excluding London Underground) stations within London that are utilised by greater than 1mn passengers per annum.



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    Olympic Park

    Earlier in May, I was fortunate to get a preview of the Olympic Park as part of the London Prepare Series; essentially a trial run of the venues and facilities.

    London’s attempt at the Olympic Park is already a stark contrast to Beijing’s effort (which I visited in late 2008). First of all it is green and the layout is clearly organic in approach, reflecting the parameters of the site and the various waterways that permeate the Park. Secondly, you notice that there is a logical vision to how the Park will adapt after the Olympics (referred to as ‘legacy mode’) with temporary walkways, bridges, seating around stadiums and entire arenas. The Games are merely the catalyst for further regeneration of thousands of new residential and commercial units.

    By 2020, when everything should hopefully be finished, including additional parkland the area will an exceptional addition to London’s urban fabric. Quite an achievement considering that around a decade ago, this area was one vast asbestos ridden industrial wasteland.

    My only potential concern with the Olympic experience is the approach to food. The inability of taking food into the Park is an unfortunate, but accepted consequence of heightened security (there is already an amphibious assault ship in the Thames). What is unsatisfactory however is the range and quality of food options inside the Park, presumably tied to sponsors, e.g. Proctor & Gamble’s Pringles. I don’t hold anything against McDonalds building their 1,500 seat restaurant, but alternatives would have been good. In addition, the service was also poor (linked probably to the hiring of temporary staff), with five people in one kiosk unable to make a simple black coffee.

    In my view, with the depth and wealth of food street market across London (Brick Lane and Southbank being two A* examples); there could have been a strong focus on delivering excellent, fresh and wholesome cuisine at a decent price to assist in the party atmosphere that the Games are attempting to foster. I would also have invited Michelin-starred restaurateurs to create pop-up venues, as I suspect these would have gone down a storm. Naturally this could change when the Olympics & Paralympics actually commence, but I’m uncertain due to the commercial sway of the Olympic ‘partners’.

    Would you honestly opt for a Big Mac over a Bhanagra Balti Burger? My advice is if you’re venturing to London for the Olympics, avoid the in-park foodstuffs and head for the various markets and off-the-beaten-track restaurants. Anyway, enough about food, time for some smart-phone camera pics.


    Olympic Stadium – The ‘wrap’ has yet to be added









    Aquatics Centre



    The Orbit – Still not certain about this; I think the metallic colour of the spiral staircase doesn’t do it any favours.



    Basketball Arena - Entirely temporary venue.



    Velodrome – One of the permanent legacy arenas.


    To cope with the expected crowds, various bridges across the park have been ‘doubled’ up. The bridge to the left is permanent, the bridge in focus is temporary.



    Olympic Park - A bit rough around the edges in some areas, but the area will be given an overhaul post-Olympics with several thousand more trees planted.


    After the Olympics, the land across the waterway will become part of the ‘Marshgate Wharf’ residential development.


    The ‘spine’ of the park, linking all the Park venues, after the Olympics, the tarmac will be lifted to create more parkland.




    This multi-coloured path is actually a giant temporary bridge which will be replaced with trees and other fauna.



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    This just didn't come out well ...

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    The Orbit – Still not certain about this; I think the metallic colour of the spiral staircase doesn’t do it any favours.




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    It actually doesn't look as bad in real life as it comes across in pictures. I think a lot of it depends on angle. I am not overly happy with it. I would say I am neutral, sometimes it looks horrid, others it looks ok. That is an improvement on my original opinion that it is an abomination.

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    122 Leadenhall


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    Chelsea Power Station Stadium

    If a power station can be turned into an art gallery (Tate Modern), it’s probably not too crazy to turn one into a football stadium! It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out as Chelsea need a new stadium to cope with the demands of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules (i.e. profitable and self-sustainable without wealthy owners); Battersea Power Station is Europe’s largest brick building.

    Chelsea make offer to buy Battersea Power Station
    BBC Sport, 4 May 2012, http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17958598

    Chelsea have made a bid to buy Battersea Power Station in south-west London and plan to redevelop it into a 60,000 capacity stadium.

    The landmark's four chimneys would be kept as part of a design which includes a 15,000 seat single-tier south stand.


    Chelsea said in March expanding their current home, Stamford Bridge, made no economic sense, while a new stadium on the site faced planning problems.

    The club added they are not the only party interested in acquiring the site.

    "There is no certainty we will be successful," read a club statement.

    "We must also stress that making an offer for the Battersea Power Station site does not mean the club has made a definitive decision to leave Stamford Bridge."

    The club say the plans, which would preserve the building's Grade Two listed turbine hall and control room, would provide "a unique architectural backdrop to a world-class stadium".

    A development of shops, housing and offices, and a contribution to the extension of the Northern Line underground service into the area, are part of the offer.

    Stamford Bridge's capacity of 42,000 compares unfavourably to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, which holds 60,000, and Manchester United's Old Trafford ground, which has seating for 76,000.

    Chelsea have been linked with other sites in south-west London while they are also considering ways of increasing revenue, such as selling naming rights to their current home at Stamford Bridge.

    The club had previously shown an interest in taking over a site in Earls Court once the Exhibition Centre had been demolished, and had been rumoured to be considering a bid for Chelsea and Westminster hospital.

    The possibility of Chelsea relocating from the stadium they have played at for 107 years has been complicated by a disagreement with Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO), a fan-owned company who acquired Stamford Bridge's freehold in 1997 to protect it from developers.

    The club's attempt to buy the freehold back in October was rejected by CPO's shareholders, who accused it of not making enough of an effort to remain at Stamford Bridge.

    Tim Rolls, a CPO shareholder, said it was his preference "and the preference of a lot of Chelsea fans is to stay at Stamford Bridge".

    "That hasn't changed. I am still not convinced the club have exhausted every possible avenue for redeveloping our ground, I just don't believe they have," he added.

    "Having said that, if we do have to move then Battersea is one of only two options that would be acceptable to Chelsea fans. The other is Earls Court."

    The club claim a new stadium on the existing site would cost more than £600m and require them play away for at least three seasons, while an expansion would cost more than it would generate in extra income.

    Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said the power station was "the biggest development opportunity in central London and a key site within the Nine Elms regeneration zone".

    "Any new owner will need to work within the existing planning framework for Nine Elms," he added.

    Battersea Power Station's owners have been trying for more than a year to find an equity investor to fund a proposed £5.5bn redevelopment.

    Energy stopped being generated at the station in 1983, but the site is still used for hosting events - one of the latest being the ATP World Tour Finals Gala.

    The Mirror (a UK tabloid rag) created a rather quick sketch of what the stadium may look like;





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    25 Churchill Place


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    Shard


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    Sixty London

    New low-rise block in Holborn u/c

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    Milton Court


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    Crossrail - Farringdon


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    Before & After

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    The original Farringdon station concourse

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    The new Farringdon station concourse (directly opposite the original concourse)

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    Eastern Ticket Hall

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    Avant Garde

    74m tower going up by Brick Lane.


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    Wesfield London Expansion

    Westfield’s shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush has been a big success, and the Australian developer is keen to expand northwards with a new mixed-use quarter.

    Current plans include 1,522 new homes, office space, an extension to the shopping centre, as well as the opening up of the arches along the Hammersmith & City Line viaduct.


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    NEO Bankside


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    Shell Redevelopment

    The present Shell Centre site is to be extensively developed, with the present tower retained and mixed-use towers and low-rise buildings constructed in the immediate vicinity.


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    King’s Cross Central


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    London Cable Car


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    62 Buckingham Gate


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    Kidbrooke Regeneration

    Down goes the old council housing.


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    New London Bridge House


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    Cutty Sark Restoration

    Restoration work has finally been completed on the world’s last tea clipper: the Cutty Sark. Originally launched in 1869, the boat has been a Greenwich resident since 1954, but was nearly lost during restoration work in 2007 when a fire (caused by a vacuum cleaner) gutted the centre of the ship. Fortunately much of the ship had been stripped to be repaired off-site and the boat is now an additional maritime exhibit as part of the wider UNESCO World Heritage site.


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    St George’s Tower


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    Now that Crossrail 1 is under construction, the political campaigning to get crossrail 2 built and underway has begun in earnest.Business promotion group London First has issued a report stressing the importance of building another crossrail line to cope with growing traffic.London First's preliminary report into the line is up.1st the case forDetailed projected congestion maps for 2007. 2021 and 2031, with all assumed investment. Whats different about these ones, is that it shows congestion in both directions instead of just peak flow.Green lines show between 1 and 2 people standing per square metre. Orange between 2 and 3, Red 3 and 4 and Black over 4 people standing per square metre.It looks at the latest thinking on the route and it's impacts.The old route.

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    London’s Population – 8.2mn

    According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), London’s population as of the 2011 census increased far beyond predictions to 8.2mn which is a 12% increase on 2001’s population figure.

    The last time London experienced population growth of this magnitude was between the 1860’s and 1910’s when the Industrial Revolution was taking hold and London emerged as the premier world city. London’s population subsequently peaked at around WW2, after which various (and questionable) polices of depopulating London in the subsequent decades, proceeded to drive the population down by 1.5mn.

    While London is one of the fastest growing developed world cities, ONS population projections anticipated expansion of the population to a more conservative 7.8mn. That the population on census day was 8.2mn, illustrates that those projections were off by a not too diminutive figure of 400,000.

    Some London Facts & Figures:
    - London was the fastest growing region (not to be confused with any urban or metro areas) in England & Wales, the next fastest were the South East of England and East of England which form the core of the London metro area.
    - Nine of the top ten local authorities (boroughs) across England & Wales with the highest population growth are located in London.
    - The nineteen most densely populated local authorities across England & Wales can be found in London.
    - Islington (+14.9%, +26,700) has the highest density of any local authority in London (and the country) with a density of 13,873 per sq km.
    - Bromley (+4.5%, +13,200) is the least densely populated local authority in London with a population density of 2,060 per sq km.
    - Havering (+5.6%, +12,500) has the largest proportion of people aged over 65: 18%, compared to Tower Hamlets (+26.4%, +53,000) a few km due east where the proportion was 6%.
    - The largest proportion of people under the age of 19 was Barking & Dagenham (+12.2%m +20,200) where the figure was 31%; in contrast the City of London (nil, nil) stood at 11%.
    - Over the last decade London experienced an 112,700 (24%) increase in people under the age of 5.
    - The total number of households across London stood at 3.3mn; Newham (+23.5%, +58,600) had an average household size of 3 which is the largest in England & Wales.
    - Of the 33 local authorities in London, only Kensington & Chelsea (-2.2%, -3,500) experienced population loss, possibly to the drastic gentrification of the wealthy neighbourhoods.
    - Newham & Tower Hamlets experienced population growth in excess of 50,000 over the last decade, while twelve other London boroughs saw population growth greater than 30,000.
    - Croydon remains London’s most populated borough at 363,400 (+8.4%, 28,300), while the City of London is the least populated at 7,400.

    Some South East of England Facts & Figures:
    - The population of the South East of England expanded to 8.6mn which represents an 8% or 611,700 increase on 2001.
    - All of the 67 local authorities that form the South East experienced population growth.
    - In total population terms, Milton Keynes (+17%, +36,100) and Brighton & Hove (+9.4%, +23,500) were the fastest growing local authorities.
    - 20 local authorities saw population growth in excess of 10,000.
    - Population growth in percentage terms exceeded 10% in 14 local authorities.
    - The largest local authority in the South East was Brighton & Hove with a population of 273,400, which is followed by Medway at 263,900.

    Some East of England Facts & Figures:
    - The East of England experienced population growth of 8% to 5.8mn, an increase of 446,200 on 2001.
    - 46 of the East’s local authorities experienced population growth, with only one: Tendring (-0.6%, -800) experiencing negative growth.
    - Two local authorities in the East of England saw population growth greater than 20,000: Peterborough (+16.6%, +26,200) and Central Bedfordshire (+8.7%, +20,400).
    - Close to half (22) of the East’s local authorities experienced population growth of +10,000.
    - Fifteen local authorities saw population growth greater than 10%.
    - Central Bedfordshire is the most populated local authority at 254,400, followed by Luton (+9.3%, +17,300) at 203,200.


    On a side note, the BBC has in recent weeks been producing some excellent programmes revolving around London in the lead up to the Olympics. They can be viewed on the BBC website, however they may be available at some date on BBC America and elsewhere around the world; the two highlight series were:

    The London Markets - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jjv6k
    Looks at three of London’s wholesale markets (and the colourful characters) including New Billingsgate (fish) Smithfield (meat), and New Spitalfields (fruit + vegetables).


    Image sourced from Eric.Parker on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericpar...n/photostream/


    The Secret History Of Our Streets - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jt9zh
    A look at six different communities across London (Deptford High Street, Camberwell Grove, Caledonian Road, Portland Road, Reverdy Road and Arnold Circus), and how they have evolved over the years from when philanthropist Charles Booth originally mapped out the streets of Victorian London.


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    London Grand Prix

    London has hosted various F1 demonstrations over the years; a few years ago, close to half a million watched an F1 demonstration along Regents Street, while more recently in 2010 there was a demonstration around Parliament Square. Yet an actual F1 race meeting around the streets of Central London has been speculated upon for years with no result, with the principle obstacle being the price tag to host the event and the hassle of closing off what is a large area of Central London.


    Image sourced from Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/for...reet-race.html

    Yet last month, the F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone not only presented such a bid for an F1 meeting in Central London, but attached the offer to waive the £25mn licence fee, and pay for the temporary grandstands and road closures. A potential F1 race meeting on the streets of Central London would be highly lucrative ranging from £100-300mn, so there is a strong incentive to go along with such an event, especially with Mr Ecclestone shouldering the cost. Boris Johnson has also indicated that he would support the event.


    Image sourced from Formula1: http://www.formula1.com/news/headlin...2/6/13511.html

    An overview of the circuit: http://youtu.be/Xx7neIAVbxo


    Such a street circuit would incorporate Trafalgar Square, the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, the Ritz, Admiralty Arch, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner.

    Naturally the first thought of many was that this was a publicity stunt, yet Ecclestone reconfirmed his commitment and seriousness to hosting such an event. In addition a significant amount of money and time has clearly been put into the project, including an event outlining the project, Q&A with architects and F1 drivers, and a rather CG-heavy walkthrough of the circuit. An example of the detail that the plan has delved into includes mapping 27,000 trees to ensure that not a single one would be impacted upon by a London F1.


    Image sourced from Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/for...reet-race.html


    A simulated view of the circuit: http://youtu.be/3K9WetYivJY


    I guess we’ll have to wait and see.




    Battersea Power Station

    Chelsea recently announced plans to acquire the former power station site in West London and construct a 60,000 capacity stadium; however they were outbid by Malaysian property developers SP Seita and Sime Darby who purchased the site for £400mn.

    The Malaysian developers are keen to press ahead with the previously approved 8.3mn sq ft Vinoly scheme which will include an extension to the Northern Line. Meanwhile, the search for a new modern home for Chelsea continues, however that didn’t stop the club from releasing images of what the stadium would have looked like when incorporating the art-deco power station.


    Image sourced from Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/foo...n-stadium.html


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    London 2012





    And here we are, athletes and officials are starting to arrive, the finishing touches are being applied and security has been significantly ramped up in advance of the Opening Ceremony. There has been the odd last minute hassle and complications; cracks were discovered in the primary road (M4) linking Heathrow to London, and some athletes were driven on a slight detour around London, but these have now been rectified. A rather more serious development has been the problems of G4S providing satisfactory levels of non-critical Olympic security manpower; as a response soldiers have been drafted in from Germany and across the UK to provide the necessary cover.

    Hopefully with such a large presence (combined with the established military counter-measures in place), everything should go smoothly in the coming weeks.


    Olympic Torch Relay
    The Olympic Torch has been making a zigzag up and across the UK over the last few weeks to great fanfare with an almost carnival like atmosphere come sun and rain. Indeed I would consider this as an immense catalyst to get everyone hyped for the Games. On its final approach towards the Olympic Park, organisers expect a third of London’s population (c. 2.7mn) to come out and watch the flame.

    Relay Video: http://youtu.be/N_Qn7YdWzU0


    Equestrian Arena
    The temporary arena for equestrian events located in Greenwich Park is nearing completion.


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    Image sourced from Jason Hawkes: www.jasonhawkes.com


    Beach Volleyhall
    Located on Horse Guards Parade is another of the temporary venues.


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    Image sourced from Evening Standard


    Shooting Venue
    Another of London’s temporary venues, this time in the grounds of the Royal Artillery Barracks close to Woolwich.


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    The Olympic Park

    Sustainable: http://youtu.be/005WwR2U03g


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    The Athletes Village


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    Shakes head...

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    Olympic Sponsor Pavilions
    One area not really touched on previously is the presence of sponsor pavilions that will dot the park. These are pop-up creations, mostly built off-site and shipped in so not too much detail at the moment.

    BMW

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    Coca Cola

    Image taken by oobrien: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oobrien...n/photostream/

    McDonalds
    Apparently this two-storey behemoth is the largest McDonalds in the world with 1,500 seats. 75% of the building and fittings will be recycled or reused and is oddly the most sustainable McDonalds (not sure the same can be said of their patrons’ waistlines though!). A gut busting 1.75mn meals will be sold over 29 days, with McDonalds selecting the top 500 staff from across the UK to operate the premises.


    Image sourced from Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...estaurant.html


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    Dressing Up of London

    Image taken by Regent Street Online: http://www.flickr.com/photos/regents...n/photostream/

    There is also a good review of ‘the look’ which permeates throughout the entire Olympic event: http://creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/...k-of-the-games


    Olympic Security
    Lastly and most importantly – security isn’t being taken for granted. The Olympics mark the largest domestic military operation since WW2, with no chances being taken whether potential threats are posed from land, sea or air. Fingers crossed that the action is in breaking world records and the carnival like atmosphere and nothing else.


    Image sourced from Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-Olympics.html

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