Aquatics Centre


Aquatics Centre
Presented to: The Aquatics Site Team
Contractor: Balfour Beatty
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority

This site is for the construction of the new aquatics centre for the London 2012 Olympics and includes three pools surrounded by 17500 seats.

With regeneration a central theme of the Olympic site, active engagement with the community was key. This included site visits from the mayors of the five host boroughs, talks and tours (including ‘friends and family’ open days each catering for over 200) and much charitable work to the tune of £26000. Time to Shine benefited by £9000, a local community centre was repainted and an urban farm project was created in Dalston to encourage local people to grow their own vegetables.

The green delivery of planks (3500 tonnes) and aggregates (600 tonnes) by rail and canal respectively accounted for 50% of materials delivery and was supplemented on-site by the energy-saving use of air flush toilets, PIR lighting, rainwater harvesting, low sulphur diesel and grey water for dust suppression. Contaminated ground has been remediated and a wildlife habitat created.

Throughout, this project has continued to show the industry in its best light through a commitment to best practice and innovation.