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Contractor appointed for London 2012 Handball arena

Buckingham Group Contracting has been appointed to build the London 2012 Handball arena, which is expected to start on site this summer.

Planning permission for the Handball Arena was granted last month and the site has been cleared, ready for work to start this summer.

The Handball Arena, designed by Make Architects with PTW and Arup, features external copper cladding that will develop a rich natural colour as it ages. The concourse level features glazing which encircles the building, enabling visitors to the Olympic Park to view sport taking place inside. The venue also has a vibrant and multi-coloured interior, with retractable seating to create a flexible space and with 100 light pipes in the ceiling to allow natural light into the venue.

“This appointment takes us a step closer towards a simple, sustainable and flexible Handball Arena that works for Games and legacy,” said Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive David Higgins. “Construction is on track to start this summer on the Arena which will provide a great experience for competitors and spectators during the Games and offer a new facility for local people to enjoy a range of sports in legacy.”

The Handball Arena will be in the west of the Olympic Park, to the south of the Hockey Centre, within four minutes of the Olympic Village. It will have up to 7,000 seats during the Games, hosting the Handball preliminaries and quarter finals as well as the Modern Pentathlon discipline of Fencing. It will also be the Goalball venue during the Paralympic Games.

In legacy mode after the Games, the Arena will become a multi-sports venue with retractable seating for 6,000 spectators and flexible facilities to hold a range of training and competition events of all levels. It will cater for a wide-range of indoor sports including Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Boxing, Handball, Badminton, Netball and Volleyball, boosting the sporting facilities provided across the Olympic Park.

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