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Last updated at 16:04 (UK time) 4 Aug 2011

Going for green – Britain’s 2012 dream

London 2012 Olympic stadium surrounded by wild flowers (© London 2012)

The film “Going for Green – Britain’s 2012 Dream” was commissioned by the Foreign Office, and tells the story of how the Olympic Park is being built in an environmentally sustainable way, in accordance with the legacy objectives as set out in the original London 2012 bid.

The film highlights British creativity and excellence in construction, as well as the cutting edge 'green' technology used for the build of the Olympic Park. Watch four clips from the film below, on Parklands, Soil Cleaning, the Aquatics Centre and the Velodrome or view them on YouTube.

Parklands – did you know?

  • Work is well underway to create around 250 acres of new parklands, on former industrial land, that will provide a colourful and festival atmosphere for the London 2012 Games and afterwards become the largest new urban park in the UK for over 100 years
  • The first of 4,000 new semi-mature trees are taking root in the Olympic Park and Olympic Village, in what is thought will be the largest one-off planting of its kind in the capital  
  • New habitats for species including: otter; kingfisher; grey heron; bee; house sparrow; bat; song thrush; starling; toadflax brocade moth; lizard; black redstart; flower and fungus beetle; frogs, newts and toads; eel; water vole; slow worm; grass snake; linnet; sand martin; swift; and invertebrates

Soil cleaning – did you know?

  • Five soil-washing machines have successfully completed cleaning most of the one million cubic metres of soil contaminated with oil, petrol, tar, cyanide, arsenic and lead
  • More than 220 buildings demolished with 98 per cent of the materials by weight recycled, well over the 90 per cent target
  • Over 5km of riverbanks replaced or refurbished and 30,000 tonnes of silt, gravel and other materials dredged from the rivers

Aquatics Centre – did you know?

  • Includes two 50m swimming pools and a 25m diving tank – contain over 10 million litres of water and will be and lined with 180,000 tiles
  • Roof rests on just 3 concrete supports
  • Four skeletons discovered and removed from prehistoric settlement discovered on the site

Velodrome – did you know?

  • 6,000 capacity in Games-time and Legacy – 3,500 around the track and 2,500 in upper tiers suspended within the curves of the roof
  • Curved steel structure made up of more than 2,500 sections of steelwork. Shape is designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track, rising in height by 12m from shallowest point to the highest 
  • At 30kg/m2, roof weighs roughly half that of any other covered Velodrome