Tell us about the early design brief
The brief was to provide a distinctive setting for the Olympic Stadium through the landscape and public realm which responded to the demands of use and people movement.
What inspired your design concept?
We were inspired by the valleys and undulating meadows of middle England.
How did it feel to be involved in such a large and important British project?
We felt very privileged to be a part of such a momentous project.
What challenges did you face along the way?
A few of the challenges faced were: contamination, levels and level access for visitors, crowd movement, complex circulation, maintenance, games organizers and the emergency services.
What about specific design challenges?
In 2007/8 we analysed the submission master plan, the fundamental access and the flood levels to establish how to best create the venue levels for the field of play in the stadium and the public concourse. This work set the baseline for all to follow and fundamentally how the overall site looks today.