Games pool is on time and under budget
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Wednesday 20 July 2011
The controversial Aquatics Centre will be finished next week as the Olympic Park, the venue for next year's London Games, moves ever closer to completion. Construction is set be finished within time and budget, according to Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, with nearly 90 per cent of building work done.
The budget for the Zaha Hadid-designed pool, one of the park's signature venues, spiralled to £262m, but it represents a rare blot in what is otherwise an impressive build by the Olympic Delivery Authority.
London organisers were recently lavishly praised by the International Olympic Committee for their Games preparations.
Mr Robertson said: "Construction is 88 per cent complete, ahead of time and under budget. The ODA has done a remarkable job to deliver top quality facilities in a challenging environment imposed by a fixed deadline and strict budget."
The ODA has trimmed £16m off its anticipated final cost, which now stands at £7.25bn. The overall Games budget remains £9.298bn.
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