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London 2016 European Aquatics Championships

Design & Build Main Contractor

The London 2016 LEN European Aquatics Championships were held at the iconic Zaha Hadid designed London Aquatics Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Featuring Swimming, Diving and Synchronised Swimming as well as a Masters' Competition they were the biggest events held at the London Aquatics Centre since the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. WNY was appointed as a turnkey main contractor on a design & build basis delivering all aspects of temporary infrastructure and overlay. 

Start Date: 1 February 2016

Location: London, United Kingdom

Categories: Sports & Venues

Services: Design & Build

The brief

As a turnkey main contractor plan, design, procure, construct, maintain and remove all aspects of temporary infrastructure and overlay necessary for the Championships. Contracting was carried out on a two-stage design & build basis with conceptual overlay design carried out during the second stage tender period. WNY was required to fulfil the role of Principal Designer and then Principal Contractor under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

The challenge

In Legacy mode the London Aquatics Centre proved a challenging venue in which to deliver an event the scale of the LEN European Aquatics Championships. The limited venue facilities and restrictive site platform required innovative approaches to overlay design. Substantial overlay was required to ensure that the venue was capable of hosting the championships and WNY's scope included tents, cabins, seating, fencing, toilets, fit out, electrical, HVAC, IT&T, lighting, rigging, media tribunes and all structural works. Due to the different sports featured the venue and FOP had to move through several different competition modes all requiring overlay transition phases. Therefore highly detailed works programming and robust construction management was essential. 

The result

All overlay was delivered on time and on budget with a spotless safety record and contributing greatly to an extremely successful European Aquatics Championships.