London Aquatic Centre

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Project Description

Client: Balfour Beatty
Architect: Zaha Hadid

The pinnacle of our project portfolio so far has been our involvement in the London Aquatics Centre on the Olympic Park in Stratford. Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, the world class venue consists of a 50m warm up pool, a 50m competition pool, and a 25m wide, 5m deep diving pool with boards and platforms up to 10m. There is also a dry diving area, a state-of-the-art gym, and a crèche. The training pool is an eight lane, 50m pool, which can be split into two, using moveable booms to create different sized spaces. The competition pool has ten lanes in its 50m length, and is up to 3m deep, which provides space for confident and skilled swimmers.

Working for Principal Contractor Balfour Beatty, our scope of work included foundations, the southern supporting wall and northern cores, F10 Bridges, and reinforced concrete sub and superstructure. The combined value of these works exceeds £30m and was completed over two years.

The works carried out during this period are remarkable for both the architectural finishes and technical feasibility. Among the numerous unique features of this project, the concrete diving boards and Welcome Zone stand out, as well as the waterproof structures for the pool slabs, walls and ducts. The six-board diving platform is made from 462 tonnes of concrete, and is the first of its kind. The three deck-level pools hold around 10 million litres of water.