Purpose-built 80,000-seat stadium to host the opening and closing ceremonies along with the track and field events for the London 2012 Olympics
Built at the southern end of the Olympic park the compact stadium sits on a 40-acre site surrounded by water on three sides.
The stadium was been designed to maximize versatility, allowing for a change of use following the games. Above the permanent concrete bowl with 25,000 seats the 55,000-seat upper stands and roof are demountable.
The stadium's structure of a bicycle-wheel roof supported by a zigzagging single ring of inclined columns uses 10,000 tonnes of steel making it the lightest ever Olympic. Two thirds of the seating is covered by a lightweight PVC-coated polyester-fabric perimeter roof structure that was put in place to control wind so as not to effect athletes performance.
There are 14 towers of sports lights surrounding the structure to provide sufficient lighting for filming in high-definition. The towers are 63 metres above the field of play to minimise the effects of glare for spectators.
- Begun: May 2008
- Completed: Mar 2011
- Floor area: 108,500m2
- Sector: Sports and leisure
- Total cost: £498M
- Procurement: NEC 3, Integrated Design and Construct Team
- Address: 103-113 Marshgate Lane, Stratford, London, E15, United Kingdom
- Architect: Populous
- Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
- Structural engineer: Buro Happold
- M&E consultant: Buro Happold
- Quantity surveyor: Arcadis and CLM
- Landscape architect: Hyland Edgar
- Acoustic consultant: Vanguardia
- Crowd circulation consultant : Steer Davies Gleave
- Project manager: CLM
- Main contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
- CDM coordinator: Buro Happold
- Approved building inspector : JLAB
- Stairwell canopies: Architen Landrell