YOUR 2012: Tracking the construction of the Olympic Park in East London

By Rich Hook | 20 July 2011
a photo of a bus shelter with an olympic poster next to a construction site
Be Proud sign on bus shelter. Photographer: Donald Mullis 10/02/10. £17 billion is being invested in public transport for the Games. Public transport demand in the area is estimated to increase by just 5% above typical weekday levels since demand normally reduces by 15% during summer holidays.
Exhibition: Your 2012 at the Museum of London Docklands from July 22 2011 until February 5 2012.

After winning the rights to host the 2012 Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority has set about making the greatest change to the landscape of East London since the Docklands regeneration of two decades ago.

Following Sport Minister Hugh Robertson’s announcement that construction for next summer’s sporting spectacle is ahead of time and on budget, visitors to the Museum of London Docklands will be able to see the impact the work has had on the area.

YOUR 2012 describes the journey of the Olympic Park site in Stratford through a series of photos, all taken from locations accessible by the public.

The free exhibition includes images in three categories: the site under construction; the impact on surrounding boroughs; and the effect on the local environment.

Organisers hope the display will inspire locals and visitors to experience what East London has to offer ahead of next summer’s Olympics.

Exhibition spokesman, Dave Matthews, said: “YOUR 2012 is your Games, your history and your future. Be proud.”

More photographs from the exhibition:

a photo of a pile of tyres
Mound of discarded tyres. Photographer: David Matthews 17/03/10. Over £12million has been spent since 2006 on removing waste from the Lea's banks, including three tonnes of tyres.

a photo of a building site with a community art wall featuring graffitti and other art forms on it
Builders on a bridge behind the Community Art Wall, Stratford High Street. Photographer, Donald Mullis 10/11/10. Spectators arriving at Stratford's stations will have a short walk through the new Westfield Shopping Centre in the Stratford City development before they pass over a pedestrian bridge to the stadium. Stratford City will be the largest urban shopping centre in Europe, employing 8,500 people.
a photo of the interior of a stadium under construction
Construction work inside Olympic Stadium. Photographer, Peter Strafford 19/09/10. 800,000 tonnes of soil (enough to fill nine Albert Halls) was removed from the Stadium area and reused elsewhere on site. The stadium bowl's ground level was lowered by nine metres in places.
a photo of the roof of a cantilever type stadium emerging from a foreground of trees and bushes
Olympic Stadium roof above treetops Photographer: David Matthews, 02/06/10. The Olympic Park is being planted with native tree species like oak, ash, willow, birch, hazel, holly, blackthorn and hawthorn. The stadium roof and its trusses have been made by recycling unused gas pipelines.
All images copyright Museum of London in Docklands.
  • From July 26 2012, the museum will be transformed into the German House, with visitors having the chance to interact with future German Olympians alongside learning about the history of the Games in East London.
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