Construction on the Aquatics Centre began in 2008. It was the ‘gateway’ to the Olympic Park, with more than two-thirds of spectators expected to enter the Olympic Park over a vast bridge that runs over the top of part of the venue.
The venue was designed by acclaimed international architect Zaha Hadid. It features a spectacular wave-like roof that is 160m long and up to 80m wide, giving it a longer single span than Heathrow Terminal 5.
During the Games
The majority of spectators were seated in two temporary wings that will be taken down after the Games.
It has a 50m competition pool, a 25m competition diving pool, a 50m warm-up pool and a ‘dry’ warm-up area for divers. The Water Polo competition was held next to it in the temporary Water Polo Arena, with competition and warm-up pools.
The two venues are close to each other in one of the most compact areas of the Olympic Park. To make the best use of the space available, some back-of-house facilities, such as space for broadcasters, catering and security will be shared between the two venues so they run as efficiently as possible.
After the Games
The Aquatics Centre was transformed into a facility for the local community, clubs and schools, as well as elite swimmers. The two temporary wings were removed, although it will be possible to increase the capacity for major competitions.
The Aquatics Centre also has a creche, family-friendly changing facilities and a cafe, alongside a new public plaza in front of the building.
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