Work on London’s Olympic Stadium will begin in two weeks, almost three months ahead of schedule.

In March, The Olympic Delivery Authority said construction of the 80,000-seater venue would begin this month, rather than August as first anticipated.

The stadium will be the focal point of the Olympic Park which is being built on former industrial land and will also house the Aquatics Centre, the Velodrome, the hockey, fencing, basketball and handball arenas and the international media centre.

After the Games the stadium will be scaled back to 25,000 seats.

It will retain a permanent athletics track, although no long-term tenant has yet been found.

By staff writer