Consultant Buro Happold has won the contract to engineer the £100M transformation of the former London Olympics media centre to a new creative and digital hub for the capital.
Reconfiguration of the 2012 Olympic Stadium will be carried out in two phases so that it can be ready in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it was confirmed this week.
A multi-million pound conversion of the Olympic Stadium was kick-started this week with football club West Ham United finally confirmed as anchor tenant.
Tower Bridge, one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, has been transformed with a new world-class lighting system in time to mark the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Last week saw the official unveiling of the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture and visitor attraction on the Olympic Park in London. A gathering of invited guests and press were able to take in the views from the top. Here, NCE takes a look at how the UK’s tallest sculpture came to life.
Last year’s London 2012 Olympics was pitched as being the greenest Games ever. Zeena Farook looks at the role played by geotechnical software in Arup’s work to deliver this aim.
Construction of the Olympic Park always had its legacy in mind, with the conversion to post-Games mode a key consideration.
London 2012’s Olympic Stadium has made heroes of athletes and engineers alike. But unsung heroes involved in the creation of the 2012 Games’ centrepiece remain.
covering the construction of the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London which will host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the park's conversion for use in legacy
- Relevant links:
- Official London 2012 website Webcams:
- Aquatics Centre
- Aquatics Centre close-up
- Olympics Stadium
- Olympics Stadium close-up
- Olympics Village
- Olympic Village looking east
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We’re used to the age old friction between architects and engineers, but in these unrelenting economic doldrums the clash of ideals between what is iconic and what is affordable or appropriate is heightening.
Personally I found the Major Project Report on the 2012 Olympic Games, enclosed with my NCE, a really good read (NCE 28 July).
As you will see from the Letters pages this week and from the array of comments online at www.nce.co.uk, my recent comments about Qatar’s infrastructure plans haven’t been universally embraced by the profession.
As the Olympic Park races towards completing its major venues, judgement day will soon follow on whether they work as engineering and architectural icons.
As decision time looms, the unpalatable possibility of an Olympic Stadium white elephant is becoming ever more likely.