Olympic walk: Greenway, View Tube and Olympic Stadium (part 3)
Towards the Olympic stadium development
(Photos/words © urban75, 17th-18th April, 2010)
Part three of our walk takes us into the Olympic site.
Along the Greenway, a flat, traffic-free route constructed on top of the less than glamorous sounding 'Northern Outfall Sewer Embankment'.
Launched on 7 November 2007 and billed as a, 'unique 80,000 seat stadium,' the new Olympic venue will be the centrepiece for the 2012 Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics events.
The stadium sits on former industrial land between the Old River Lee (which rejoins the Navigation below Old Ford Lock), the City Mill River, and the Old Pudding Mill River; parts of the Bow Back Rivers.
With St Thomas' Creek some 200 metres to the south, the stadium is located on an 'island,' with the Waterworks River two hundred metres to the east.
Looking south at the construction taking place around the site.
New accommodation around the site.
A closer look. I rather like the way this one looks!
Signposts on the Greenway.
Approaching the 'View Tube,' a social enterprise and community venue located on The Greenway adjacent to the Olympic Park.
Built using recycled shipping containers, the land on which the View Tube is situated offers good views of the Olympic Park, and there's a cafe on the ground floor.
Artwork on display by the View Tube.
Site view, with the canal and railway ins to the right.
Looking out from the View Tube.
The Aquatics Centre under construction.
Main stadium, as seen from the View Tube.
Looking along the Green Way from the viewing platform.
The rear of the View Tube, with the Olympic stadium in the background.
Looking inside the stadium, you can see the seating already in place.
Old Ford lock from the Greenway.
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