Copper Box

For the duration of the London 2012 Olympic Games the venue will host Handball, the Fencing discipline of the Modern Pentathlon and Goalball. One of only four permanent Olympic Park buildings the primary objective has been to construct a venue that will become a useful asset to the local community and an integral part of the legacy parkland.

Essentially a single clear span hall the venue is capable of hosting a variety of community sports with the additional flexibility to host concert and exhibition events. The building features a crèche, an independent cafe, a dance studio and a health and fitness club to support the day to day activities of basketball, handball, badminton, boxing, martial arts, netball, table tennis, wheelchair rugby and volleyball.

The seating bowl includes a fully retractable lower tier allowing the field of play to transform into a space capable of holding exhibitions, shows and concert seating for 1500 people. Designed to operate in either ‘event’ mode or ‘community sports’ mode there is a dual high and low capacity method of arriving, circulating and using the venue.

Intended to be a Breeam ‘excellent’ facility the venue boasts impeccable sustainability credentials. The thermal envelope has been detailed to achieve a 20% improvement on the requirements of the building regulations. Low flow sanitary fittings combined with waterless urinals and WC’s flushed with harvested rainwater reduce water consumption to a minimum.

88 roof mounted lightpipes linked to the lighting system provide glare free daylighting to the field of play. The building is fully integrated into the park wide district heating and power generation system and the seating bowl is conditioned using a low energy low velocity displacement ventilation system.

The concept of a simple distinctive copper box hovering over the landscape has been carefully detailed by Populous to ensure a timeless appearance that will sit neatly within the park landscape. The essence of the building has been to create flexibility through the simplicity of design.