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.