A low carbon landmark for London
London 2012 Olympic Stadium
Olympic Delivery Authority
2007 – 2011
Services provided by Buro Happold
Security and technology, Structural engineering, Sustainability, BIM and data management, Bridge engineering and civil structures, Building services engineering (MEP), Environmental consultancy, Fire engineering, Infrastructure, Inclusive design, Lighting design
Design and Build contractor:
Sir Robert McAlpine
The London 2012 Olympic Stadium forms the centrepiece of the largest new park created in Europe for a century. Designed with an 80,000 capacity for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Stadium is designed such that it can be dismantled down to a 25,000 capacity venue if required for its longer-term use.
Buro Happold worked as part of ‘integrated design and construction team ‘Team Stadium’. Through collaboration and innovation the team created a simple dismantlable superstructure with an innovative lightweight cable supported roof. Lifting the roof’s inner tension ring from its temporary scaffolding structure to its final position could not have been achieved without the ingenuity and integration of the whole team.
To meet the ODA’s high targets and priority themes, sustainability needed to play a huge part in informing the Stadium’s design and construction. The embodied energy consumed in manufacturing the Stadium’s elements was far less than other Olympic stadia, due to the compact design. Where possible the team reused existing materials, for example, the compression truss to the roof was constructed by using 4000 tonnes of unwanted gas pipeline found in a yard in Yorkshire.
The permanent building services installation has been designed to exacting standards for limiting carbon emissions during operation. Completed two months ahead of the contract completion date and under budget with an outstanding safety record, the Stadium provides world-class facilities for athletes, management and international press and broadcast media.
Commitment, innovation and close collaboration between architecture, engineering and construction has resulted in an elegant, bold, inspirational, efficient and sustainable Stadium that reflects the Olympic principals of respect, friendship and excellence and above all supports and provides the foundations to the vision “to build a better world through sport”.
Best Public Service Building, Win, LABC – London regional Winners
Best Inclusive Building, Win, LABC – London regional Winners