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  1. Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

50-metre swimming pools, a diving pool and a gym

Eighteen months after the end of London 2012, the wings are gone and the ugly duckling has finally turned into a swan. The Aquatics Centre boasts two 50-metre swimming pools, a diving pool, dry diving room and a gym.

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The swimming complex was commissioned in 2004 when London was still considered an outsider in the race to host the 2012 Olympics.

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  1. Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

First glimpse at UK's most expensive leisure centre

The most expensive leisure centre ever built in Britain will be unveiled today four days before it opens to the public.

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The £250m London Aquatics Centre was meant to be the iconic venue of the 2012 Olympic Games. But the sweeping curves of the 3,000 tonne roof were hidden by two temporary "wings" containing 15,000 spectator seats.

Aquatics Centre to become new home of British Diving

British Diving will move into the Aquatics Centre on the Olympic Park in Stratford next Spring.

Tom Daley celebrates his Bronze medal in the Men's 10m Platform Final at London 2012 Credit: Press Association

National Performance Director Alexei Evangulov said: "We are really pleased to have an HPC [High Performance Centre] at the pool that was used for the Olympic Games and are excited about when the doors open.

"The London Aquatics Centre is a fantastic facility with world class boards and dry land provision. A facility like this will help shape the next generation of athletes and allow them to see what an elite competition venue is like on a day-to-day basis.

"The pool holds great memories for not only the British public but also our divers and all athletes that use this centre will have a small taste of the Olympics every time they walk through the door."

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'Countries are following Britain's lead' after Games

Mo Farah celebrates one of two gold medals in London last summer. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The successful staging of the London 2012 Olympics has led to other countries turning to Britain to help deliver their own events, according to a government official.

Reacting to news that the UK had met its four-year target of raising £11 billion worth of economic benefit from the Games in 12 months, Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said:

"The delivery of London 2012 on time and on budget led to hosting nations turning to the UK to help deliver their own events with supply opportunities running into the billions.

"UK Trade & Investment has played a key role in helping British companies maximise these opportunities and the result is a £11.06 billion boost to the UK economy from the Games, reaching our four-year target in just over a year."

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