Case Study

Aquatic Centre, Stratford-London

  • Client

    Olympic Delivery Authority

  • Sector area


  • Main contractor

    Balfour Beatty

  • Project

    Aquatic Centre, Stratford-London

  • Location

    South East - London

  • Date

    November 2013

  • Description

    In December 2005 Hadid was instructed to revise her designs for the 2012 Olympic pool after a specification change led to a doubling of the £75 million estimated cost. The revised plans were unveiled on 27 November 2006. Although the same general design was kept, with capacity for 17,500 spectators, the construction contract was awarded to Balfour Beatty in April 2008. At the same time, it was reported that the centre would cost about three times as much as was originally estimated, totalling about £242 million. The centre was completed in July 2011 at a final cost of £269 million.

    The design demonstrates the precast-concrete skills by exposing the concrete finish rather than painting or cladding which was provided by Peri. The terracing units were delivered and positioned to accelerate the speed of construction.

    The unique six-board diving platform is made from 462 tonnes of concrete. The three pools hold around 10 million litres (2.6 million gallons) of water.

    Avonline flooring were instructed to complete the screed and resin flooring to the new concourse areas. The key challenges we faced were the heat and humidity within the Aqua centre that added complications to both the products we could use and our work force.

  • Finishes

    Resin and Grano flooring