Olympic Stadium transformation wins World Architecture Festival Award
The Olympic Stadium Transformation has won an award on the opening day of the World Architecture Festival 2015 in Singapore, in the Future Projects: Leisure-led Development category.
BuroHappold Engineering is working with architecture firm Populous, main contractor Balfour Beatty, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the London Borough of Newham to transform the former London 2012 Olympic Stadium into an iconic and truly multi-purpose venue.
The venue, now in the final stages of its transformation, has a redesigned, gravity defying roof, comprising 4,000 tonnes of new steelwork suspended from the existing white outer ring, achieving the largest open stadium roof span in the world, whilst reusing the 2,000 tonnes of original pipeline steelwork in the ring.
The reconfigured stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has already hosted five games of the recent Rugby World Cup and once the transformation is complete in summer 2016 it will become the home to West Ham United FC and the National Competition Centre for UK Athletics. This multi-use arena will be capable of delivering world class sporting, cultural events and rock concerts and in 2017 it will host the IAAF World Athletics Championships and IPC Athletics World Championships.
BuroHappold Partner and Director of Structures, Matthew Birchall said; “The re-engineered former London 2012 Olympic Stadium represents a fantastic integration of cutting edge engineering, architecture and construction, and we are delighted that its success as venue that inspires participants and spectators alike has been recognised by the architectural community with this award.”
“We are delighted that the London Olympic Stadium Transformation has been recognised for this prestigious award. The chance to transform a Stirling-prize shortlisted stadium is a unique opportunity.”
Populous Senior Principal Nicholas Reynolds
Populous Senior Principal Nicholas Reynolds said, “We are delighted that the London Olympic Stadium Transformation has been recognised for this prestigious award. The chance to transform a Stirling-prize shortlisted stadium is a unique opportunity. In transforming the stadium we were able to create a new halo of spectator facilities, and design a roof that reinforces the architectural legacy of the games, while ensuring that the Stadium remains the iconic visual hub of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The legacy of London 2012 extends far beyond the sporting event, and will be able to affect sports-led regeneration for decades to come.”
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Watch the transformation visualisation..