Back in the summer of 2012, the spectacular Olympics Aquatics Centre, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, was the scene of countless world records for Team GB, including Ellie Simmonds’ dramatic swim into the history books with her 400m freestyle world record. Since then, renovation work has been under way to make the centre ready for public use.
The big transformation has seen the removal of the temporary seating stands, which held 17,500 seats for spectators, and a massive 2,800 square metre of glass installed along the sides of the centre to allow more natural light into the pool.
Although construction on the outside of the centre has now finished, internal work and final landscaping is still required before the £251 million world-class venue opens its doors once again this spring. The best thing about the pool is that you won’t be paying a premium entry to the centre, as it will be the same price as the average cost at local pools.
You’ll soon be swimming under the fantastic 430ft long wave-like roof in one of the three pools – whether you’re a beginner or Olympic champion, the centre caters to all. It will offer a wide-range of programmes and activities, including water polo, synchronised swimming, diving, triathlon and sub aqua, plus a 40-station gym. And, with a total seating capacity of 2,500, you can expect more world-class swimming events to take place at the Aquatics Centre in future, such as the 2014 World Diving series and 2016 European Swimming championships.
Alongside the Aquatics Centre, the full parkland of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be fully open
to the public in the spring too. So, after your dip in the pool, you can saunter around the lovely park areas, grab a bite to eat at the Copper Box, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you’re interested in a move to East Village in time for the spring, simply register your interest here.