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Olympics News Archive - July 2008

On this page we have archived news items from July 2008. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external sites and some of the pages on these sites may have been changed or removed since we added them here.

Small asbestos samples found on Olympic Stadium site
Some small samples of asbestos-containing material have been discovered during construction on the Olympic Stadium site, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today.
2nd July 2008

Construction to start early on Aquatics Centre
Construction on the Aquatics Centre will start ahead of schedule, the Olympic Delivery Authority announced today. The sweeping roof of the venue is an innovative steel structure with a striking and robust aluminium covering.
2nd July 2008

BP announced as latest Tier One partner
BP will provide the fuelling facilities for Games-related transport. It will also provide Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for catering, vehicle washing facilities and technical support services, including a system for tracking and reporting carbon emissions
3rd July 2008

Security set to increase in Olympic Park
The search has started for contractors to provide security services for the Olympic Park. The contract includes security guards and systems to control access to the site.
4th July 2008

Make some noise in the South West
The South West is preparing for two minutes of noise to mark the moment the Olympic Flag is handed over to London on 24 August.
6th July 2008

Pupils get creative in Welcoming the World
Over 450 schoolchildren have shown their creative talents in a London 2012 photography, film and music-making programme, 'Welcoming the World'.
7th July 2008

Major rail project completed ahead of schedule
New track railway sidings at Orient Way to the north-west of the Olympic Park have been completed and are now in use, freeing up a key area for construction work on site.
7th July 2008

Lapage follows his Olympic dream
Young Shrewsbury rower Patrick Lapage is off to America, to pursue his dream of winning a second Olympic medal for the family - at London in 2012.
8th July 2008

Contract awarded for Park Energy Centres
The contract to build, finance, and operate Energy Centres for the Olympic Park and Stratford City has been awarded. Elyo, a subsidiary of SUEZ Energy Services, have won the contract and will invest more than £90m of private investment in the project.
8th July 2008

London 2012 issues sponsorship statement
London 2012 has issued a statement in repsonse to an article in the Evening Standard.
8th July 2008

Long-term regeneration of east London at the heart of plans
75p in every £1 spent by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is being invested in the long-term regeneration of east London.
10th July 2008

Canoe and Kayak venue designs unveiled
The designs for a new world-class White Water Canoe Centre, in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, have been unveiled. A planning application has now been submitted for the venue.
10th July 2008

Children play safe at workshops
Over 1,500 children from schools around the Olympic Park are taking part in health and safety drama workshops run by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
11th July 2008

Consortium appointed for Games media centre
A consortium has been appointed to create the International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC) for the London 2012 Games. During the Games the IBC/MPC will be a 24-hour hub for 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists.
11th July 2008

Cyclist Holt chases Olympic dream
Young Shropshire cyclist Simon Holt is hoping this year's Tour of Britain will be a stepping-stone to a big future.
14th July 2008

£18m Olympic pool taking shape
Work has started on an £18m fitness complex which includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool in Northamptonshire. Laminate timber beams have been used to create an arching roof on the 50m Corby East Midlands International Pool.
14th July 2008

2012 Webcam - The Olympic Park (Media)
(Audio/video) Webcam view of the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford. This view shows a wide view of the Olympic site where work began in May 2008. View timelapse video by using the links on the right side of this page.
16th July 2008

2012 Webcam - The Olympic Stadium (Media)
(Audio/video) Webcam view of the London 2012 Olympic stadium in Stratford. This view shows a view of the Olympic Stadium. View timelapse video by using the links on the right side of this page.
16th July 2008

Construction starts early on major venue
Work to build the foundations for the Aquatics Centre has started two months earlier than planned. The venue will form a stunning gateway to the Olympic Park both during and after the Games and will provide new world-class swimming facilities in London
17th July 2008

Staffordshire pupil wins trip to Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
Ten-year-old Reece Berrisford from Staffordshire has won a five-day trip to the Beijing Paralympic Games in September, after his school registered to be part of Paralympic Handover celebrations in the UK.
17th July 2008

LOCOG discusses Equestrian venue with Greenwich societies
The London 2012 Organising Committee met with members of societies in Greenwich to discuss plans for Greenwich Park, the venue for Equestrian events during the 2012 Games.
18th July 2008

ODA remains on target
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has published its Annual Report for 2007-2008 highlighting the progress made to date.
21st July 2008

Mayor launches cycling campaign
More than 1m Londoners are being urged to 'dust off' their bikes and start cycling more regularly, as part of a new mayoral campaign. London's Mayor Boris Johnson wants existing cyclists whose bikes are languishing in sheds or garages to make more use of
21st July 2008

Canoeing Talent?
Fancy taking part in the 2012 Olympics? Gavin Andrews decided to see if he'd make it as a canoeist.
23rd July 2008

London 2012 inspires local children to learn
Over 2,000 children from schools around the Olympic Park have taken place in activities and workshops arranged by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) throughout this summer.
23rd July 2008

Live acts for VISA London 2012 party announced
The first acts for the VISA London 2012 Party in The Mall on 24 August were announced today. The acts announced were The Feeling, Il Divo, Katherine Jenkins and McFly.
25th July 2008

On a big screen near you
People around the UK will be able to watch the moment the Games are welcomed to London on a giant screen near them. The event will be screened on the largest ever network of big screens - including some permanent 'live sites'.
25th July 2008

New Olympic Park images
New aerial images of the Olympic Park have been released as construction continues to progress ahead of schedule. The photos show the major venue sites exactly four years ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.
25th July 2008

Handover Ceremony cast get a feel for life on the big stage
Members of the cast for the Handover Ceremony in Beijing visited Wembley Stadium today to get a feel for performing in a large iconic stadium. The cast will perform in the eight-minute segment during the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing Games, when the Ol
28th July 2008

Consultation events open for major venues
If you live around the Olympic Park, you have the chance to attend consultation events where you can give feedback on venue designs.
29th July 2008

Swim star has one eye on London
Synchronised swimmer Jenna Randall is looking forward to her first Olympics, but admits Beijing is mainly a chance to gain experience before London 2012.
30th July 2008

Nortel signed as seventh Tier One partner
Nortel was today announced as the seventh Tier One partner for the London 2012 Games, bringing sponsorship at this stage of planning to an unprecedented level.
30th July 2008

New commitments to the community set
Ten new community commitments have been set to help reduce the impact of construction activity on the surrounding community, as work on the Olympic Park moves forward into the 'big build' phase.
31st July 2008

Big screen to show Beijing Games
Shoppers and workers will be able to catch all the action from the Olympics Games via a big screen in the centre of Cardiff.
1st August 2008

Waste not, want not
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today announced a new target to recycle or reuse 90 per cent of waste from the 'big build' phase of the project.
1st August 2008

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