Aquatics Centre

 
 
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Aquatics CentreThe iconic wave-shaped Aquatics Centre designed by Iraq-born architect Zaha Hadid for the London 2012 Olympics reopens in 2014 for public use as a leisure faculty for local and elite swimmers, complete with creche, family-friendly changing facilities, a cafe and a new public plaza. The Centre's most striking feature is its state-of-the-art sweeping 160m long roof, which is made from steel and glass on the outside and 37,000 individual strips of treated hardwood within, and has a longer single span than the roof at Heathrow's Terminal 5. Underneath this staggering edifice are a 50m competition pool, 25m competition diving pool and a 50m warm-up pool. Former world record-holding swimmer Mark Foster laid the first of 180,000 pool tiles in September 2010 - two years after work started - while British diver Tom Daley opened the pool in July 2011. Labelled the unofficial "gateway" to the 2012 Games due to its position in the south east of the Park, above the River Lea and Olympic Stadium, the Centre has a 2,500-seat permanent faculty. An interesting final fact: more than 160,000 tonnes of soil, much of it contaminated, were dug out to build the Aquatics Centre in an operation that uncovered several Iron Age skeletons as well an assortment of rusting relics from the area's former uses.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Stratford Tube Station
 
7 minutes walk
 
Hackney Wick Overground Station
 
12 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Homerton Overground Station
 
27 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park
 
10 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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335 - 337 High Street, E15 | 9 minutes from Aquatics Centre
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Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, E15 | 11 minutes from Aquatics Centre
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Unit 2, Hutchins Close, Stratford, London E15 | 5 minutes from Aquatics Centre
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London > Shopping >
Unit 45-46, The Mall, Stratford, Stratford, London E15 | 9 minutes from Aquatics Centre
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Unit 18, SPACE Studios, Britannia Works, Dace Road, E3 | 11 minutes from Aquatics Centre
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Unit 2003, The Balcony, Westfield Stratford City, E15 | 7 minutes from Aquatics Centre
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360 Victoria Park Road, Hackney, London E9 | 24 minutes from Aquatics Centre
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365-366 Warburton St, E8 | 2 miles from Aquatics Centre
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Swan Wharf, Old Ford Lock, E3 | 8 minutes from Aquatics Centre
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Museum of London Docklands
London > Business > Venue Hire
No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 2.3 miles from Aquatics Centre
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Peninsula Square, SE10 | 2.8 miles from Aquatics Centre
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Newham First Mondays
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A chance to learn about various aspects of the theatre business....More

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Stratford Circus 11 minutes walk from Aquatics Centre

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Backyard Bar & Kitchen 2.14 miles from Aquatics Centre

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Concerts | On 2nd March 2015 

The Sebright Arms 2.3 miles from Aquatics Centre

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Thai Boxing: Workshop
Exhibitions | Until 27th April 2015 

Oxford House 2.35 miles from Aquatics Centre

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Exhibitions | Until 30th April 2015 

Oxford House 2.35 miles from Aquatics Centre

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Exhibitions | Until 31st August 2015 

The O2 Arena 2.75 miles from Aquatics Centre

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