London 2012 Olympics: Copper box Handball Arena (2012)



London 2012 Handball Arena heads towards the finish line as copper roof completes and works advance on seats

Press release text by London 2012

25 November 2011

New images released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show the sustainably-sourced copper roof of the London 2012 Handball Arena as complete and more than half of the 6,500 multicoloured seats in place.

New images released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show the sustainably-sourced copper roof of the London 2012 Handball Arena as complete and more than half of the 6,500 multicoloured seats in place.

Latest pictures of the venue also highlight the progress made on the sprung wooden court surface, while a new webcam inside the Arena gives regular updates on how the project is taking shape.

The venue, which is on track to complete in the spring, has been wrapped in 3,000 square metres of copper with a high recycled content.

The remaining 3,000 retractable lower tier seats are to be installed once the court is completed next month.

Olympic sports to be hosted at the Arena include Men’s and Women’s preliminary stages and the Women’s quarter finals for the Handball competition, and the Fencing discipline of the Modern Pentathlon. During the Paralympics it will host Goalball.

ODA Chairman John Armitt said: ’The Handball Arena is one of the most compact on the Olympic Park, with legacy and sustainability very much integrated into the design process. Progress is moving ahead at an impressive rate, with over half of the seats already in place and work underway of installing the sprung wooden floor.’

The venue was built with sustainability at the heart of its design process. Rooftop sun-pipes provide greater illumination than similar sized conventional lights, achieving annual energy savings of up to 40%, while water usage is saved by the same amount through a rain harvesting system that feeds into toilets and other non-potable systems.

After the Games, the Arena will be used as a flexible space capable of seating up to 7,500 spectators, depending on the event taking place inside, from international competition to community sports such as basketball, handball, badminton and boxing. A health and fitness club with changing facilities and a cafe for local community use are also planned.

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