London 2012 Olympic Stadium V
By David Gutierrez | London Photographer
London 2012 Olympic Stadium
An Olympic Stadium with such a large removable element and mix of permanent and temporary seating has never been attempted before.
The Stadium is also the most sustainable ever built for an Olympic Games. The lower tier sits within a bowl in the ground, which minimises the use of construction materials. This bowl was created by excavating 800,000 tonnes of soil, the majority of which was cleaned and reused elsewhere on the Olympic Park.
Around 10,000 tonnes of steel were used to build the venue – significantly less than in other Olympic stadiums, making its construction more sustainable. The top ring of the Stadium was built using surplus gas pipes – a visual testament to London 2012’s efforts to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’.
Construction began in May 2008 and was completed in just under three years, with the final piece of turf laid in March 2011.