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Olympics: David Morley's 2012 Water Polo arena approved

The Olympic Delivery Authority Planning committee has rubberstamped David Morley Architects’ plans for the temporary London 2012 Water Polo arena

The 5,000-seat venue, with its ‘distinctive sloping inflatable roof’, will be taken down after the Games and ‘relocated and reused elsewhere either in full or in sections.’

Housing a 37mx23m pool, the building will sit to the north of Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Centre and will be wrapped in silver - its roof made of air inflated recycled pvc cushions for extra insulation.

Construction on the scheme, which the practice bagged last November, is due to start early next year (2011) and complete by Spring 2012.

David Morley Architects' proposed London 2012 temporary water polo arena

Source: ODA

David Morley Architects’ proposed London 2012 temporary water polo arena

Water Polo Arena factfile:

·  The sloping roof is made from air-inflated recycled phthalate-free pvc cushions which provide extra insulation and reduce condensation.

·  The arena is wrapped in a silver membrane with translucent shard shaped panels and its asymmetric shape ‘provides the best sightlines for viewing Water Polo’.

·  It contains a competition pool (37mx23mx2m deep) as well as a ‘slightly smaller’ warm up pool.

·  The scheme provides step free access without the need for lifts.

·  Water use is reduced by 40 percent through low flow taps and showers and waterless urinals.

·  After the Games the riverside site to the north of the Aquatics Centre will be developed by the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

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