Awards News London 2012 Water Polo Arena Gets Underway

Work has started on the 5,000-seat Water Polo Arena for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
It is one of the last venues to be built on the Olympic Park.

East London contractor ES Group is building the main structure.

The wedge- shaped temporary venue, which rises from 12m to 25m, will contain a 37m-long competition pool and a warm-up pool. It will stage the men’s and women’s water polo competition during the Olympic Games.

The arena will be built at the main eastern entrance to the Olympic Park next to the Aquatics Centre.

After the Games, the venue will be taken down, with elements reused elsewhere in the UK, including incorporating materials available through the rental market to promote reuse and reduce construction waste.

Ian Crockford, ODA project sponsor for the Water Polo Arena, said:
“The start of work on the Water Polo Arena, one of the last venues to be built on the Olympic Park, shows how far we have come since construction started in 2008.The venue will join the Aquatics Centre to form a dramatic and action-packed gateway to the Olympic Park when spectators arrive in 2012.”

Ipswich-based Jackson Civil Engineering Group is carrying out the substructure works.

Alto Seating Systems of Redditch, Worcestershire, will build the seating.

A&T/ Barr & Wray (Glasgow) will install the temporary pools.

Byrne Group of Teddington, Surrey, is undertaking general building work.

The design team, led by David Morley Architects, also includes Buro Happold and Max Fordham.
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services is doing the mechanical and electrical work.

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