Awards News 2012 Olympic Park Tower Gets Underway

Construction work on a 115m-tall tower in the Olympic Park – which will become Britain’s largest sculpture- has begun.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit was designed by award winning artist Anish Kapoor in collaboration with one of the world’s leading structural designers, Cecil Balmond and will be located between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre.

It will consist of a continuous looping lattice of tubular steel and will boast a viewing platform, a spiral staircase, a lift and a restaurant.

Visitors will be able to climb on the structure to get panoramic views across the Stratford site in east London.

It is expected to be built by March 2012.

The £22.3m project is being bankrolled by steel firm ArcelorMittal, which is owned by Britain’s richest man, Lakshmi Mittal.

ArcelorMittal is putting up £19.2m, with the remaining £3.1m coming from the London Development Agency.

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