Work is also underway cladding the curved ceiling with over 30,000 individual sections of timber and on the two 1,600 tonne temporary seating stands that will boost the venue to 17,500 seats for the Games.
With a unique 160m long wave-shaped roof the Aquatics Centre will be the main 'Gateway into the Games', hosting Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming and the Swimming discipline of the Modern Pentathlon. After the Games it will become a 3,000 capacity venue providing two 50m swimming pools with moveable floors and separation booms, a diving pool and dry diving area for the full range of community and elite use.
Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive David Higgins said: 'Starting tiling of the pools is another milestone towards completing the Aquatics Centre next summer ready for test events. With the covering of the sweeping roof complete and ceiling underway the venue is on track to become the 'gateway to the Games' and a new facility for community and elite swimmers and divers after the Games.'
London 2012 Organising Committee Chairman Sebastian Coe said: 'This is real milestone for the Aquatics Centre which will see some of the most thrilling sporting action at Games time. It will be one of the most recognised and iconic venues in 2012 and we hope it will host many memorable medal winning moments for British swimmers. It will also leave a lasting legacy for our elite and community swimmers after the Games - another benefit for London and the UK staging the Games in 2012.'
Mark Foster said: 'It was great to be in the pool where athletes will warm up before winning medals and breaking world records in 2012. The Aquatics Centre will be buzzing during the Games and afterwards will be a fantastic new facility for the Olympic and Paralympic athletes of the future and the local community.'
Andrew Altman, Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company which is responsible for the long term planning, management and maintenance of the Olympic Park including the Aquatics Centre after the Games, said: 'The Aquatics Centre will be an iconic building and a thriving centre for community use in the Park after the Games. Its two 50m pools and a 25m diving pool will also offer elite swimmers a world class training facility.'