The Sydney 2000 Games were one of the greatest success stories in Olympic history
Juan Antonio Samaranch

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Olympics Overlay

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Bligh Lobb Sports Architecture (a BVN joint venture)
Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG)
Herb Elliot Ave, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

500 Hectares


Bligh Lobb were commissioned in 1998 by SOCOG to develop the operational planning and temporary overlay design of the Sydney Olympic Park site for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Sydney Olympic Park contained the greatest concentration of venues in Olympic history with 12 sporting venues.

Our work on this project involved resolution of planning issues relating to athletes and officials, media, sponsors, spectators and other constituent groups, temporary facilities and the adaptation of existing buildings to host a range of sports and the masterplanning of the public domain. Sports to be hosted within our planning area include:

Archery, Baseball, Gymnastics, Basketball, Athletics, Football, Volleyball, Handball, Badminton, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo, Diving, Table Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Hockey, Tennis, Modern Pentathlon.

James Grose, CEO of  BVN, was a key member of the consortium which planned and designed the Olympic Village for the Sydney 2000 Games, which is located adjacent to Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay.

The Village housed 15,000 athletes and officials during the Games, and involved a significant amount of temporary adaptation to meet the specific demands. Our work involved ensuring the masterplanning and residential design was carefully considered in relation to both the Olympic requirements and the long term needs. In addition, a considered approach to environmental design was a key feature of the overall project, which is a showcase in respect to ‘Green’ design. A combination of sensitive planning and outstanding residential design has resulted in a highly successful and thriving residential precinct for the city of Sydney.


Herb Elliot Ave, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

Brief Elements

  • Incorporating 18 Multiple Games Venues including:
  • Handball Overlay Design
  • Gymnastics Overlay Design
  • SOCOG Olympic Overlay
  • Interstate Football
  • Basketball Overlay Design
  • Baseball Stadium
  • Tennis Overlay Design
  • International Aquatic Centre
  • Archery Overlay
  • Athletics Overlay
  • Badminton Overlay
  • Hockey Overlay
  • Tae Kwan Do Overlay
  • Table Tennis Overlay
  • Modern Pentathalon
  • Homebush Bay Masterplan
  • International Broadcast Centre
  • Olympic Village


  • Sustainable temporary construction, developing temporary building modules that were relocated and reused post games