National Speed Skating Oval
BEIJING, April 2 (Xinhua) -- The planning and construction of Beijing 2022 venues has been progressing on schedule and on a tight budget, according to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The budget of the 26 competition and non-competition venues in Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou will be tightly controlled in accordance with the budget proposed during the bid process, Liu Yumin, deputy director of the organizing committee’s planning and construction department, told Xinhua on Monday.
Eight of the 13 venues in the Beijing competition zone will be legacy venues from the Summer Games in 2008. Their renovation and retrofitting will start later this year, while construction work for the main new venues began in 2017.
A total budget for the venues is not yet available, because Beijing 2022 is still finalizing the designs of some venues in consultation with the International Sports Federations and Olympic Broadcasting Services, Liu said.
Sustainability has been high on Beijing 2022’s agenda and post-Games utilization of the venues has been taken into account since the very beginning, Liu added.
With this in mind, facilities that will not be used for the Winter Games are being built in some venues alongside those that will be used for the Games to facilitate the post-Games operations of the property owners, he said.
These include some apartments in the new Olympic Village in Beijing and some basement parking spaces in the west of the National Speed Skating Oval.
"These facilities won't serve the Olympics directly and the related spending is independent of the Games budget," Liu said.
Beijing 2022 will benefit from high-speed railways, airports, highways, and other infrastructure projects in the three competition zones, but these projects, funded by public or private capital, have long been planned by local governments for urban development. So their expenditures are independent of the Games budget too, Liu said.
Sitting right outside the Olympic Park and next to the Beijing 2008 tennis venue, the National Speed Skating Oval, dubbed the "Ice Ribbon", is one of the four new venues to be built in the Beijing competition zone.
With a capacity of 12,000 people, the oval will host Beijing 2022’s speed skating events. Construction began last April and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, in time for the first test events.
Funded by a Public-Private Partnership, the oval will be built on a tight budget and become a sports center that serves competition, fitness, leisure, exhibition, and other purposes for public benefit after the 2022 Games.
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