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2012 Aquatics Centre completed on time and within budget
At the end of last month, the Aquatics Centre was completed on time and within budget – the last of the six main Olympic Park venues to reach this milestone.

Back in July 2006, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) set out a challenging brief to clean and clear the Olympic Park site and build the new venues and infrastructure needed for the London 2012 Games. The challenge was to complete the 'big build' in time for test events by the summer of 2011 – a year before the Games. This has now been achieved, with a safety record far better than the industry average, and by setting new standards in sustainability and accessible design.

ODA Chairman John Armitt said: "The Aquatics Centre will be a fantastic gateway to the Games in 2012 and a much-needed new community and elite sporting venue for the capital afterwards. Five years ago, in July 2006, we published a delivery timetable which set out the ambitious target to complete the main venues a year before the Games. Today, with the completion of the sixth main permanent venue, I am proud to say that we have delivered on that commitment.

"The completion of the Aquatics Centre is the latest chapter in a British success story where tens of thousands of workers and business from across the UK have demonstrated the ability of this country to successfully deliver major projects."

The Aquatics Centre was unveiled with British Olympic hopeful Tom Daley making the first dive into the pool.

Double Commonwealth Gold medallist and 2012 hopeful Tom Daley said: "Marking the 1 year to go, by diving in the Aquatics Centre is an incredible honour. Only a few years ago, this was a distant dream. I can't wait for next year and the honour of representing Team GB."

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "It's fantastic to add the beautiful Aquatics Centre to London's list of first class venues which are already set to welcome the world's greatest sportsmen and women. To have all six permanent venues complete with a year still to go to the Games is a great achievement, and a firm sign that we are well on track to deliver a truly spectacular show in 2012. Congratulations to the ODA and all those who have worked on the construction of the Olympic Park for reaching this milestone."

Construction started on the Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre just over three years ago in June 2008 and has been completed on time and with an exemplary safety record.

Over 3,630 people have worked on the construction of the venue and over 370 UK businesses have won contracts for goods and services on the Aquatics Centre. Examples include:

• Alcontrol Laboratories from Flintshire - water testing
• Aqua Pharos from east Kilbride, Scotland - pool lights
• Grundfoss from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire – pumps
• HJL Underflooring from Newcastle-upon-Tyne - underfloor heating
• Littlewood Fencing from Battle, East Sussex - timber deck surfacing
• Pitchmastic PMB Ltd from Sheffield - waterproofing services
• Rowecord from Newport, Wales - steel for the roof
• Response Safety Setting Ltd from Stafffordshire - safety netting checks
• Straight line Services from Dartford, Kent - safety grilles
• Sound Research Laboratories Ltd, Suffolk - acoustic services
• Cordek from Slinfold, West Sussex - diving board moulds

In total, over 40,000 people have worked on the Park since April 2008 and over 1,500 direct contracts worth £6bn have been distributed to thousands of companies across the UK.

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