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Balfour Beatty transforms former Olympic stadium

Former London Olympic stadium 3x2

Balfour Beatty has completed engineering works as part of the regeneration of the former London Olympic stadium.

The project involves converting the stadium from the centrepiece of the London Games to the home of West Ham United Football Club, an event venue for UK Athletics and for other uses including the Rugby World Cup.

Commencing in January 2014 on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the engineering works involved the installation of an anti-gravity roof, which is twice the size of the original roof, and the iconic lighting towers which have been reintegrated within the stadium.

Sustainable measures included the reuse of over 6,000m of cable, 3,800 lights and 1,000 mechanical and electrical components as well as the use of 19,000t of recycled demolition material.

At its peak, the project employed over 1,700 people on site, culminating in 3.4M man hours worked.

“From the very beginning we were focused on continuing the legacy of this historic venue, transforming it from its original use of a single-purpose venue to a multi-functional world class venue providing numerous opportunities and uses for generations to come,” said Stephen Tarr, managing director of Balfour Beatty’s major projects business.

“We have utilised some of the most complex engineering techniques on this project, capitalising on our in-house capabilities and expertise to ensure the project was delivered safely to a high specification whilst boosting the local economy through employment opportunities; it’s a project we are all immensely proud of.”

In June 2015, LLDC confirmed that the cost of the stadium conversion had soared to £272M from £190M due to “the huge scale of the works undertaken”.

Readers' comments (2)

  • What exactly is an "anti-gravity roof"?

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  • What was the cost of the original Games stadium, and when added to the cost of conversion, does this give legacy a whole new meaning?
    Will the public purse benefit from West Ham's sale of their current ground, given the derisory rental that they are to pay for their new home?

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