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The structural aspects of the London 2012 Copper Box

An excellent example of sustainable legacy design, the Copper Box (Figure 1) is one of the jewels in the new Olympic Park. This paper looks at the design of the building; home to handball, goalball and the fencing elements of the Modern Pentathlon during the 2012 Games. It begins with an explanation of the initial concepts that drove the design of the scheme and goes on to show how those concepts were realised as the eventual design solution. A more detailed description of the structural design is then provided, demonstrating how the development of this was also heavily infl uenced by the initial concepts. The paper concludes with an explanation of some of the more interesting and challenging aspects of the actual construction.

Author(s): R. Hazell (Sinclair Knight Merz)

Keywords: olympic games, london, copper box, olympic park, london, handball arena, design, sustainability, roofs, materials, concrete, recycled, piles, foundations, steel, construction work