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London 2012 Handball Arena taking shape

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The Olympic Handball Arena is on track to be completed by summer 2011 as the first elements have begun to rise out of the ground.

Work is underway on the 1,000t steel frame for the structure, which is being fabricated by Watson Steel Structures. The steelwork is on schedule to be complete by this summer when work will also have started on the roof and external cladding, with a distinctive copper layer added later in the year.

How the completed arena will look

Foundations for the arena are now complete and these required 200 concrete columns to be installed. Prior to the steel frame being erected 10m high precast concrete walls will be lifted into place.

Once complete the venue will host a series of test events during 2011. During the Games it will seat up to 7,000 spectators and host qualifying games for the handball competition as well as modern pentathlon fencing and goalball during the Paralympic Games.

After the Olympics, the sustainable arena will become a multi-sports venue with retractable seating for around 6,000 spectators and flexible facilities catering for training and competition for all levels of indoor sport.

Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive David Higgins said: “We are right on track to deliver a distinctive Handball Arena that will provide a great experience for competitors and spectators during the Games and offer a new sustainable and flexible facility for local people to enjoy a wide range of sports in legacy.”

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