"We need to think about sport as being intrinsic to cities"
James Grose, CEO BVN

London 2012 Olympic Athletes Village

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Details

BVN in association with Patel Taylor Architects
Client
Lend Lease
Location
Celebration Avenue, London, United Kingdom
Completion
December 2007 - June 2012
Value
$182,000,000.00
Services
Full Architectural Services (Design and Documentation Architect)

Description

The Olympic Athletes Village is an integral part of the London 2012 Olympics 2,000m² site located in Stratford. Situated within walking distance of the Olympic Park, the village contains approximately 3500 apartments over 15 plots to accommodate all athletes and officials. The design also caters for the requirements of a legacy residential complex post Games.

In partnership with London-based architects, Patel Taylor, BVN designed two of the 15 plots. Each plot contains an average of 290 apartments, housed within five buildings. These are arranged around an internal courtyard, which includes car-parking, cycle stores and private communal space. Adding to the richness of design, two up-and-coming architects designed the elevations of two buildings on each plot.

At the end of the Games, the apartments are designed to provide social housing and private dwellings for the growing demand for accommodation within a culturally diverse population.

As a result of the 2005 terrorist attacks on the city, security is at the forefront of the building design, as is sustainability.

The most notable sustainable initiative is a large water feature, which forms the ‘waterfront boulevard’ linking all the plots of the village. This reservoir is the principal storm-water storage for the site, which is recycled for toilet flushing and irrigation.

Location

Celebration Avenue, London, United Kingdom

Brief Elements

  • 2 plots of 290 apartments

Summary

  • Design inspired by famous courtyard houses of Pompeii; internal balconies, courtyards and imaginative facades
  • New benchmark in successful integration of diverse range of market and social tenures in the one development
  • Met stringent residential design requirements relating to security, access, amenities, open space and sustainability
  • Pre-designed and coordinated retro-fit for quick transition to housing post-Games
  • Enlarged landscaped boulevards and car-park under building development, for pedestrian friendly environment
  • Successful interpretation and implementation of a multitude of stakeholders’ requirements

Consultants

Lend Lease
Client, Managing Contractor
Patel Taylor
Architect in association
Robert Bird
Structural
Hoare Lea
Fire
Fletcher Priest
Architect (Masterplan)
AHMM
Architect (Plot Design)
Arup
Structural, Geotechnical / Piling / UXO, Services, Fire, Lift, Sustainability, Sun & Daylight, Site Wide Services, Site Wide Engineering and Wind / Microclimate
RPS
Planning Consultant
Wallace White
Services Engineer
Gardiner & Theobald
Cost Consultant
David Bonnett Associates
Access Consultant
WSP
Traffic
Sandy Brown
Acoustics
Delta Simons
Land Remediation
Hilson Moran
Services Engineer
JGA
Fire Engineer
JLAB
Approved Inspector
LFB
Fire Officer
LLP
CDM Co-ordinator
Hann Tucker
Acoustics
Panter Hudspith
Architect External Envelope
CF Moller
Architect External Envelope
Glowfrog
CGIs
Glenn Howell
Architect
Bianchi Morley Ltd
Foster + Partners