Posted on 30/01/2012
The lucky winners of a College competition were given a sneak peek of the Olympic Park in Stratford during a special tour.
Royal Holloway, which is the official Rowing and Canoe Sprint Village during the Games, managed to secure two pairs of tickets for one staff member and one student as a prize in competitions in the College e-zines.
The bus tour of the park lasted for around an hour and was accompanied by a London guide who talked though the progress that’s been made, pointing out the buildings and points of interest across the site.
The staff competition winner was Network administrator Frank Madden in IT Services. Frank chose his colleague, Tim Silver, to accompany him.
Frank said: “Having read about and watched extensive news coverage of the development of the venues at the Olympic Park I felt very grateful to be given the opportunity to see them in person. I’m still undecided about the 115m Anish Kapoor designed Orbit Tower (although I will be climbing up to the viewing platform when it opens) but the Velodrome and Aquatics Centre are world class designs we can be proud to showcase to the world during the Games. We were also fortunate that it was a blue skied winter’s day, so I made full use of my camera!”
Psychology PhD student Francesca Ainsworth was the student winner, and she was accompanied by Marianne Milne. Francesca said she really enjoyed the tour and was even more excited for the Games to begin.
“The tour was fantastic! It was a great chance to see the venues close up and to learn about the legacy of the Olympic Park once the Games are finished. I have to say the Velodrome is by far my favourite venue, it's just a stunning building to look at.
“I think the sustainability and legacy of the Park is what made the most impression on me. I had no idea how eco-friendly the construction has been and how much thought has been put into what the space and venues can be used for once the Games are done. A lot of the structures are temporary and will be broken down and recycled and they are going to build schools and houses - really making the most of the space. I think it will make a really nice part of London for many years.”
A selection of images taken from the bus as it toured the 250 acre site on Friday 27 January can be viewed below, giving a preview of how the Lower Lea Valley site is being transformed into a world class sporting venue.