Construction of the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics has started two months ahead of schedule, with designers yet to be finalised.

According to the UK’s Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), work began this week with the installation of about 2,400 concrete columns in the ground for the foundations, scheduled for completion at the end of this year.

The venue for the swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo events will contain two 50m pools, which London currently lacks.

According to ODA chairman John Armitt, the plans for the main hall inside the centre are finalised, apart for a decision on which type of wood to clad parts of the roof.

Talking to the Canadian Press, he also said the ODA is still mulling what form the temporary structures for the additional seating will take.

More than 190 buildings have been demolished across the park to make way for the start of construction for three of the five main venues – the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Village and now the Aquatics Centre.

Virtually all of the published ten milestones have been completed on time, including the tunnelling and cabling project to allow power for the park to be switched underground, said the ODA.

By staff writer