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Olympic Park open to 4,000 people

Olympic Park site
About 4,000 people will visit the site this weekend

At least 4,000 people will get to see the work in progress at the Olympic Park site in east London as part of an annual architecture festival.

Visitors, taken to the site on buses, will also see models of the venues and videos of the completed project.

Since 2007, 5,000 people have been to the site as part of Open House London.

A Hindu temple, a "classroom of the future" and a low-energy house are among 700 places which have opened their doors to Londoners this weekend.

Visitors to the Olympic Park site will see the completed external structure of the Olympic Stadium, the wave-shaped roof of the Aquatics Centre which is half-finished and the structure of the international broadcast centre.

Classroom of the future
The classroom of the future in Richmond is part of Open House London

The chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), John Armitt, said: "Visitors will be able to see the progress we are making on site for themselves."

The mayor of Newham, where the site is based, Sir Robin Wales said: "We need to be seeing that the park and the opportunities that the park provides for employment over the next 50, 100 years, the development of that park is extremely important and we want it to be a royal park."

Visitors will also be welcome to explore buildings like BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Neasden, north west London, the Shoreditch Prototype House - which has a solar thermal hot water system and the energy-efficient and curved "classroom of the future" at Meadlands Primary School in Richmond.

The City Hall on South bank, Tower 42 in the City and Lloyds of London, will also be open for the public.



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