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Atkins unveils temporary structures

Consultant Atkins last week revealed it was about to embark on its two-year detailed design phase ofthe temporary structures and associated infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympics.

These temporary facilities will accommodate a massive proportion of spectators at the London 2012 Games − estimated at 200,000 out of a total 250,000 seats for the whole Games. In total the Games will include 36 competition venues, 41 training venues and over 70 non-competition venues.

“We’ve still to understand what infrastructure exists and what overlay is needed.”

Paul May, LOCOG

Atkins is now looking to understand the spatial and infrastructure requirements for each temporary venue, such as the beach volleyball arena at the iconic Horse Guards Parade.

“We’ve still to understand what infrastructure exists for the temporary venues and what overlay is needed,” said London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) head of venue development Paul May.

Permanent elements

Although the facilities are temporary, LOCOG and Atkins said it was likely that permanent elements would be required, such as foundations, for some of the venues.

“Some permanent materials will be used as well as temporary,” said Atkins project manager for LOCOG Steve Cardwell.

“We haven’t embarked on detailed design yet,” added May.

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