As fervor from the 2008 Beijing Olympics died down,
focus in the past year has turned to the future competition
site: London’s new aquatics center for the 2012
Though construction on all Olympic venues began a
promising two months ahead of schedule, controversy has
surrounded the aquatics center. Its architect has faced
scrutiny for the cost of her design because the
project’s budget nearly quadrupled.
The site, which will have two pools and hold 17,500
spectators, has faced protests by British citizens over the
cost, and some local community leaders have refused to put
any more money into any of the new Olympic facilities.
Amid accusations that planners knew of the budget
overshoot three years before, construction has continued;
most recently, builders lifted the aquatics
center’s wave-shaped roof.