Location: South-east corner of the Olympic Park
The Aquatics Centre will host the sports of the aquatic disciplines like Swimming, Paralympic Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming and the Aquatics discipline of the Modern Pentathlon.
The Aquatics Centre is located at the south-east corner of the Olympic Park. The Olympic Park in Stratford, east London has nine sporting venues, namely, the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Water Polo Arena, Basketball Arena, Handball Arena, Velodrome, BMX Circuit, Hockey Centre and Eton Manor. The Aquatics Centre is one of them.
The construction of the Aquatics Centre started in the year 2008. It is going to be the ‘gateway’ to the Olympic Park. Almost two-thirds of spectators are going to enter the Olympic Park through the magnificent bridge running over the top of the Aquatics Centre.
The Aquatics centre has been designed by the famous international architect Zaha Hadid. The highlight of the venue is a spectacular wave-like roof, 160m long and up to 80m wide, rendering it a longer single span than Heathrow Terminal 5.
The Aquatics Centre houses a 50m competition pool, a 25m competition diving pool, a 50m warm-up pool and especially for the ‘divers’, a ‘dry’ warm-up area. The Water Polo competition will be hosted in the temporary Water Polo Arena which also has competition and warm-up pools.
Most of the spectators will be sitting in two temporary wings which are going to be taken down after the Games.
The two venues have been kept close to each other. Also, to use the space optimally, back-of-house facilities, like, space for broadcasters, catering and security will be shared between the two venues. This will also ensure the efficient operation of all the facilities in both the venues.
After the games are over, the Aquatics Centre is going to be a facility for the local community with clubs and schools for elite swimmers. The two temporary wings are also going to be removed; however, there are possibilities of increasing the capacity of these wings for major competitions.
There will also be a crèche, family-friendly changing facilities and a café in the Aquatics Centre along the new public plaza which is just in front of it.
The Olympic Park with the Aquatics Centre at its south-east has efficient network of public transport with Stratford and Stratford International stations located at the east of the park. The West Ham station lies to its south. As you approach the venue, you will also be able to spot signs showing the way or directions to the venue. The Olympic Park also has local bus services.