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Open fire: Magma’s Olympic rifle range completes

Berlin and London-based Magma’s 2012 Olympics rifle range project in Woolwich has opened

The pop-up stadium close to Woolwich’s historic Royal Artillery Barracks will be taken down and re-used for Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games.

This summer the scheme will host the Olympic games’ shooting and paralympic shooting competitions.

The temporary structure features three firing ranges and is built from 1,200 tonnes of steel with plywood and PVC membrane cladding.

Blue, pink and red ‘openings’ are designed to provide natural ventilation and lighting.

Magma’s 2012 Olympics rifle range project in Woolwich, London - as pictured in June 2012

Magma’s 2012 Olympics rifle range project in Woolwich, London - as pictured in June 2012

Previous story (AJ 13.10.2011)

In pictures: Magma’s Olympic rifle range on home straight

These are first images showing Berlin-based Magma’s 2012 Olympics rifle range project in Woolwich which is now nearing completion

The stadium close to Woolwich’s historic Royal Artillery Barracks building is on target to finish by the end of the year.

The scheme will host the Olympic games’ shooting and paralympic shooting competitions.

The temporary structure features three firing ranges and is built from 1,200 tonnes of steel with plywood and pvc membrane cladding.

The structure’s ‘vibrantly coloured openings’ are designed to provide natural ventilation and lighting.

ODA chair John Armitt said: ‘The Shooting Venue will be one of the ODA’s last sporting arenas to complete and the progress made to date is impressive given the scale of the ranges and enclosures.

‘The innovative design contrasts excellently to the historic setting of the Royal Artillery Barracks that spectators will see as they enter the venue.’

Magma’s 2012 Olympics rifle range project in Woolwich, London

Magma’s 2012 Olympics rifle range project in Woolwich, London

LOCOG chair Seb Coe added: ‘Spectators going to see Shooting and Paralympic Archery events will get to experience the Games in a colourful and modern venue situated in a world-class location that will inspire them as much as the athletes competing next summer.’

Once complete, LOCOG will take over the project and finish the seating and back-of-house facilities.

After the Games, the venue will be dismantled and the site handed back to its landowner, the Ministry of Defence.

 

Fact box

 

Ranges will include:

Finals range: This building will be used for the finals of all of the rifle and pistol events.

25m Range: This partially enclosed range will be used for the qualifying rounds of the 25m pistol and 25m rapid fire pistol events.

10m/50m Range: This partially enclosed range will be used for the qualifying rounds of the 10m air rifle,10m air pistol events, 50m Rifle and 50m Pistol events.

Shotgun Ranges: All three open air ranges will be used for qualifying for the shotgun skeet, trap and double trap competitions, with the centre range being used for the finals.

 

Shooting, Paralympic Shooting and Paralympic Archery:

-         Shooting: In pistol and rifle events, competitors fire at a target from a set distance within an enclosed range. In shotgun events, athletes fire at a moving clay target at varying distances.

-         Paralympic Archery: Sport is split into standing and wheelchair events. Athletes fire at a target from a 70m distance within an outdoor range.

-         Dates: The Shooting competition is scheduled for 28 July to 6 August 2012 when the venue will be open to spectators. Paralympic Shooting and archery competition is scheduled to take place from 30 August to 6 September 2012.

 

 

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