Beyond 2012 - an integrated Design Story

Olympic Park, South Park
A built environment story

“It was amazing to see the desire of every single designer in Arup to be part of the team. Everyone put in the extra mile and it paid off.”

Stephanos Samaras
Director

Tell us about the early design brief

The brief was to work with the client team, architects and contractors to deliver engineering design solutions for the south of the Olympic Park, including building cost-efficient temporary structures for the staging of the Games.

What challenges did you face along the way?

The primary challenge was delivering to schedule. But by being on the same wavelength as the design teams we were working alongside we were able to meet the demanding programme requirements, and simultaneously progress designs and integrate them with adjacent projects to produce a seamless park infrastructure platform.

How did it feel to be involved in such an important British project?

Everyone felt very proud to be part of the project team; it was amazing to see the desire of every single designer in Arup to be part of the team. Everyone put in the extra mile and it paid off.

What are you most proud of regarding your design work for London 2012?

The lasting legacy and regeneration of the area, including a major new transport infrastructure and economic and social regeneration. All instigated by building a first-class park built by re-using almost all of the demolition and existing material from the old site. As designers this is something we will always be proud of.

Agency

Company name
Arup

Project
London 2012 Olympic Park (South Park)

Website
arup.com

Project team

Stephanos Samaras
Director

Sally Turnbull
Associate Director

Shirley Brooks
Eli Konvitz

Richard Henley
Associate Director

Kate Hall
Director

Michael Stych
Director

Tom Armour
Associate Director

Simon Camm
Associate Director

James Lough
Associate Director

Chris Rooney
Director

Neil Chadwick
Engineer

Bob Venning
Day/Night Consultant

Stephen Hill
Sustainability Consultant

Oliver Cannon
Environmental Engineer

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