Temporary Olympic basketball arena, constructed from re-useable components, designed to house 12,000 and 10,000 spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic events respectively
The third largest venue at the Olympic park is situated in the north-east of the site near to the Olympic stadium.
Following the sustainability targets of the Games the design allows two thirds of the materials to be recycled or reused once dismantled.
The 11000m2 arena has a primary steel portal frame that arches horizontally to span along the 115m length of the building. The 35m high structure allows for a steep seating configuration to improve spectators lines of sight.
The exterior design, which is inspired by the movement of basketballs, is entirely clad with a 20,000m recycled white PVC membrane with ‘blackout’ sections covering the roof. The PVC fabric, which doesn’t meet the ground to allow public circulation into the venue, will act as a canvas on which to display light shows during the events.
Internally a mixture of black seating coupled with sections of orange represents the colours of a basketball.
- Begun: Oct 2009
- Completed: Jun 2011
- Floor area: 11,500m2
- Sector: Sports and leisure
- Total cost: £43M
- Funding: Olympic Delivery Authority
- Procurement: NEC/Option A
- Address: Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E15, United Kingdom
- Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
- Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
- Sports architect: KSS Design
- Project manager: CLM
- General builder: VolkerFitzpatrick
- Structure and Envelope: Barr Construction
- Foundations and Drainage: Morrisons
- External Lighting: United Visual Arts
- Fit-out contractor: VolkerFitzpatrick
- Structural engineer: KSS Design
- Services engineer: KSS Design
- M&E engineer: Arena and Mitie
- Quantity surveyor: SLAB