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New images of Magma’s Olympic rifle range unveiled

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[First look] These are the latest images showing Magma Architecture’s design for the London 2012 Olympics Shooting venue at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich

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

The design allows pistol, rifle and shotgun events to be held against the backdrop of the Royal Artillery Barracks which is claimed to be the UK’s longest continuous Georgian facade.

Scheduled to complete in time for international shooting test events next spring, the stadium will be dismantled immediately after the games with the site returned to its original condition and handed back to the Ministry of Defence.

The contractor is John Sisk & Sons, with the designer Mott MacDonald and design team Entec.

Designed by Berlin-based Magma, the project is the last of the Olympic venues to start on site.


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 and 10m Air Pistol events, and.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.

Construction process:


-          The foundations of the venue will soon start to be laid. Removable steel piles will be driven into the ground, with reused pipeline incorporated to reduce the need for new materials. The result is that the buildings will touch the ground much more lightly than if the venue was conventionally built.

-          The structures that make up the range buildings include the spectator’s enclosure and the field of play enclosure:

  • Spectator’s enclosures: These lightweight tented structures have vibrantly coloured openings to break-up the façade and provide natural ventilation, light and a tension to the external skin. The enclosures’ main structures, which are rented and can be demounted after the Games, are made from steel trusses, with secondary steelwork creating the openings by providing support for the fabric cladding to be tensioned across.
  • Field of Play enclosures: These are constructed using a steelwork column structure clad with plywood.


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