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Populous reveals temporary Olympic venues

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[FIRST LOOK] Populous has revealed these images of its three seperate temporary Olympic stadium projects at Lord’s cricket ground, Greenwich Park and the Lea Valley

The venues take their stylistic inspiration from ancient amphitheatres, using some of London’s most iconic scenes as a backdrop while keeping sport at the ‘core of the design’, according to Populous.

The company has designed a temporary archery arena for Lord’s Cricket Ground, an Equestrian events area in Greenwich Park and the Lee Valley White Water Centre.

The Olympic organising committee has so far won planning permission for all its planned temporary venues, delivering up to 250,000 seats for the 2012 games.

John Barrow, senior principal at Populous said: ‘This is a great story for East London. I’m hopeful that we will see some of the temporary venues, like the Basketball Arena be taken on by a business group and make a permanent feature.’

Jeff Keas, principal at Populous,added: ‘Sport is at the core of the overlay project, but more than that, we have focused on London as the backdrop.

‘This means ensuring wherever we can that either the historic buildings at venues like Greenwich Park or Lord’s, or the iconic London skyline, remain in sight for spectators whilst creating an intimate atmosphere for the athletes.

‘Together with LOCOG and our partners, we want to ensure the overlay facilities are more than functional, that they help to leave a lasting impression on how people experience and perceive the London 2012 Games.’

The company, with Atkins, is the official ‘overlay’ provider for the London 2012 Olympic Games, however both Allies & Morrison and Lifschutz Davidson contributed to the designs.

Barrow said the design team ‘took a while to settle down’ but claimed that having three practices working together ‘drove innovation’.

He added: ‘We could have done it on our own, I’ve no doubt. But [the design] may have been a bit flat.’


The scope of the Olympic overlay project

  • 250,000 temporary seats
  • 165,000 square metres of tents
  • 2,500 cabins
  • 140 kilometres of fencing
  • 250 kilometres of crowd barriers


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