Despite claims from the chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), Sebastian Coe, that the Games will set impressive ‘green’ standards, the temporary roof proposed by HOK for the showpiece venue will not be equipped for rainwater recovery in Olympics mode.
According to documents seen by the ODA's planning committee last week, the polymer-based covering will also only protect around 54,000 of the 80,000-strong crowd from the weather.
However, it is claimed that the roof coverage is the ‘appropriate area to minimise potential for field of play wind speeds to exceed maximum criteria’.
And in a change to the original proposals, the blob-like hospitality pavilion, which will be attached to the west side of the stadium, has now become more orthogonal to deal with ‘difficult interfaces with the main structure and Wrap’, and to tackle potential problems with restricted views ‘from the dining area towards the City of London.’
LOCOG also raised concerns about some of the temporary and permanent bridges around the stadium which appeared to ‘swap locations in some of the drawings.’
Despite these issues, the planning committee granted second stage reserved matters planning approval for the stadium.
The full committee report can be download from: www.london2012.com/planning/planning-committee-meetings.php