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Utilities work powers ahead at Olympic Park

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The steel frame for the Energy Centre located in the west of the London 2012 Olympic Park has been completed by The AA Group (TAAG).

The building will provide an efficient power, heating and cooling system across the Olympic site as well as for the new buildings and communities that will develop after 2012.

More than 500t of structural steelwork has been used on the two-storey building which also includes a 45m-high flue extractor tower.

“The site is hemmed in by railway lines and a large water main,” explained Kevin Nixon, TAAG Project Manager. “This meant we had to carefully plan in advance where our crane and cherrypickers could be located.”

Once the three week steel erection programme was completed, TAAG then installed 3,500m² of concrete planks to form the floors and roof of the Energy Centre.

“We used a small mobile tower crane for the majority of steel erection as no piece was heavier than 5t,” said Mr Nixon. “For the flue tower, however, we had to use a 62m reach access unit.”

The Energy Centre is due for completion by the end of 2009 and is expected to become operational from early 2010 when it will begin providing heated water to the Olympic Stadium.

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