Beyond 2012 - an integrated Design Story

Aquatics Centre
A built environment story

“Our brief was to develop the sport specific aspects of the building. This included all three swimming pools, the changing facilities and the elite athlete areas.”

Keith Ashton,
Director

Tell us about the early design brief

As part of the ZHA design team our brief was to develop the sport specific aspects of the building. This included all three swimming pools, the changing facilities and the elite athlete areas. We also designed the temporary spectator facilities.

What challenges did you face along the way?

The main challenge we faced was the relocation of the electric pylons. These were transferred into underground tunnels, which were located under the completion and training pool tanks.

The pool was detailed with a great number of reinforcing bars.This had a direct bearing on the design of the pool and the installation of the floating floor, which is fixed with anchor points to the pool base. The pool base had to be surveyed to determine the reinforcing bars positions and the anchor plates were redesigned to account for the additional quantity of reinforcing bars.

Did you know…

  • During testing of the pool tank, which involved a month long fill of the concrete pool shell, a couple of ducks were spotted swimming in the competition pool!

Agency

Company name
AFLS+P Architects (as part of Zaha Hadid Design team)

Project
London Aquatics Centre

Website
s-parchitects.com

Project team

Keith Ashton
CEO of AFLS+P Architects

Mike Marlow
Associate Director

Sarah Osborn
Project Architect Sports Specialist

In collaboration with:

Zaha Hadid Architects
zaha-hadid.com

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