Athletes Village

Olympic Athletes Village– Project Sponsor for Public Realm

Following completion of the design and procurement phase for construction of the Olympic Park, Stuart was then asked to take on the role of ODA Project Sponsor for the Olympic Athletes Village Public Realm, acting as the Client.

The design for this crucial aspect of the £1bn+ development was already in progress and Stuart instigated a complete redesign which required a re-submission for planning approval. This work was necessary to meet ODA, planning authority and other stakeholders’ requirements for high quality, value and affordability.

As a result the majority of landforms were changed and the proposed water features were substantially altered. There was a consequential quality upgrading of the hard landscape materials across the site resulting in more than 12,000m2 of York stone paving being laid.

More than 350,000m3 of earthworks was required to construct the public realm, streetscape and playing field areas with a further 40,000m3 of imported subsoils and topsoils being specially manufactured and installed to establish the soft landscaping.

Mature trees were the key aspect of the soft landscaping with more than 2,400 semi mature trees up to 90cms girth. More than fifty English variety fruit trees were planted to form a community orchard. The soft landscaping includes more than 3Ha of wild flower meadows and species rich lawns and 7,000 native hedge plants.

The Waterglades wetland area extends to more than 2.5Ha and, together with the wet woodlands constructed in the adjoining Olympic Park, forms one of the largest man-made areas of this rare habitat in the UK.

The Athletes Village has one of the largest non-potable water landscape irrigation systems in Europe. Water is diverted from site water run-off from the main Olympic Athletes Public Realm and roofs and is augmented by supply from a new borehole and also by supply of reclaimed non-potable water supplied by Thames Water from its facility in the Olympic Park. The wetlands are lined with more than 11,000m3 of clay and provide 4000m2 of open water and nearly 3000m2 of treatment marshes. More than 300m2 of floating reed rafts provide shade within these water bodies to promote invertebrate habitat.

In the main Public Realm areas, the hard landscaping covers 2.3Ha and includes more than 1Ha of high quality York stone paving sourced from Halifax.

There are a number important high quality precast concrete structures including a 65m long polished concrete retaining wall in Chobham Place, the Channelsea Outfall and a large retaining wall in the Academy Playing Field Car Park.

More than half a kilometre of granite retaining walling and six kilometres of steel edging frame the hard and soft landscapes areas.

The road network includes more than eight kilometres of conservation and granite kerbing, with more than 2.5Ha of footpaths mainly in Conservation PCC slabs and resin bound gravel with some additional natural stone areas.

Water collected from the main Athletes Village areas is cleaned as it passes through a series of wetland treatment areas. It is then re-distributed throughout the main public realm and podium areas via a fully automated irrigation system. A separate dedicated supply provides recycled water for toilet flushing in Chobham Academy for recirculation of the feature p0nds within Stratford Gardens.

A 90m long Corten steel pedestrian bridge was installed to connect the playing fields with the new Academy.

The Academy Playing Fields will include a full size all weather hockey pitch; nine cricket nets; two tennis courts and four multi-use games areas.

A major artwork by Jeppe Hein is to be installed within the public realm in 2013.

The project includes four play areas across the site covering all age groups designed by the Eden Project.

There are approximately 150 ecological installations, ranging from bird and bat boxes to deadwood installations for invertebrates.

There are more than 500 pieces of street furniture located throughout the AV.