With 156 days to go until the 2012 British Olympic Trials, and 301 until the 2012 Summer Olympics officially commence, the $268 million Olympic Aquatics Centre in East London is complete. It took just over three years to construct the massive structure that will seat 17,500 during the Olympic Games and 2,500 afterwards. The pool is filled, the seats are bolted in, the parking lot is paved, and most of the construction equipment is gone.
Some fun facts about the facility:
- The 6-board diving tower used 462 tonnes of concrete to construct.
- The curved, architectural roof weighs 3,200 tons and is made out of good-old fashioned steel.
- The three pools in combination hold about 10.6 million gallons of water (10 million litres). That’s equivalent to roughly 8% of London’s household daily water usage.
- Excess pool water is used to fill the toilets of the complex.
- The pools are covered in 850,000 tiles.