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Olympic Infrastructure

The wind turbine may have been abandoned, but the park makes the most of energy generation and water conservation


Bespoke lighting masts on the main concourse incorporate small wind turbines. A proposal for a permanent 120-metre high wind turbine on the Eton Manor site was granted planning permission in 2007. Members of the design team had travelled to Norway where they had seen large-scale, well-established wind turbines in urban settings, and the hope was to jumpstart this technology in the UK. However, changes to the EU Machinery Directive, which regulates lifts in wind turbines, deemed the proposed design non-compliant and the supplier, unable to resolve the issue in time to meet the programme, withdrew from the project. The turbine was cancelled in 2010.


John Mcaslan + Partner’s Olympic Park and Stratford Energy Centres enable district-wide energy provision to the Olympic Park and parts of Stratford (including Westfield) both during and after the Games. The buildings, clad in COR-TEN steel mesh are easily identifiable landmarks, explicit reminders of where energy is generated. They provide heating, cooling and electricity via a gas-fired CCHP and a biomass plant.

A legacy of Robin Lee and Alan Pert’s NORD partnership, now dissolved, the Primary Substation was the park’s first completed building. Its robust brick construction a clear reference to Stratford’s 19th century industrial heritage. (AJ Specification 11.09)


The Pudding Mill Pumping Station collects the sewage from the new 1.8 kilometer-long sewer network below the Olympic Park and pumps it 21 metres up to meet the adjacent Northern Outfall Sewer that runs under the Greenway. John Lyall Architects challenged Thames Water’s approved outline design for a brick shed and worked with the civil engineers to build a building out of its component parts. Elements such as an illuminated flue tower, bright pink odour filtration tanks and printing 19th century engineering drawings on exterior walls make what could have been an unsightly utilitarian shed, a memorable building. (AJ 12.09.10)


Jointly funded by the ODA and Thames Water as a pilot research project, the Old Ford Water Recycling Plant houses innovative water cleansing technology. The plant is located in a small nature reserve south-west of the Olympic Stadium. Sewage from the nearby Northern Outfall Sewer is cleaned through a multi-step process and re-circulated to irrigate the Olympic Park and for toilet flushing in legacy venues. Wet sewage passes through two enormous sediment tanks outside the building, before being treated inside to remove micro-organisms. A larch-clad steel structure sits over gabion walls that provide a robust finish to the base of the building and enhance biodiversity on the site.

London 2012: Sustainable Design:
Delivering a Games Legacy


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