Work has started on one of the last venues to be built on the Olympic Park as contractors were named for the 5,000-seat Water Polo Arena.
The temporary venue, which will be easily distinguishable by its silver wrap and an inflatable roof made from recyclable plastic, will be built by a raft of firms from across the UK, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today (see below box).
The ground is currently being prepared before work starts on the substructure in early March.
The wedge-shaped Arena, which rises from 12m to 25m, will contain a 37m long competition pool and a warm-up pool. It will stage the Men’s and Women’s Water Polo competition during the Olympic Games.
After the Games, the venue will be taken down, with elements reused elsewhere in the UK, including incorporating materials available through the rental market to promote reuse and reduce construction waste.
“The start of work on the Water Polo Arena, one of the last venues to be built on the Olympic Park, shows how far we have come since construction started in 2008,” said ODA Project Sponsor for the Water Polo Arena Ian Crockford.
“The venue will join the Aquatics Centre to form a dramatic and action-packed gateway to the Olympic Park when spectators arrive in 2012.”
The contractors and suppliers were appointed to deliver the Arena through the existing ODA managed package frameworks set up to efficiently deliver a range of temporary and smaller permanent venues
ES Group - main structure
Jackson Civil Engineering - substructure works
Alto Seating Systems - seating
A&T/ Barr & Wray - temporary pools
Byrne Group Plc - general contractor
Design team - led by David Morley Architects and includes Buro Happold and Max Fordham
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services - mechanical and electrical