We had the honour of delivering overlay services for multiple venues of the London 2012 Summer Olympics

Working in partnership with LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) partners Populous, and Atkins, we supplied and built temporary overlay for the beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade and at ExCeL for weightlifting, boxing, fencing, table tennis and judo. We also supplied media desks across the whole of the Games and built two-story temporary hospitality facilities at Eton Dorney, Greenwich and Horse Guards Parade for Prestige, the official hospitality partner for London 2012.

As the only turnkey contractor employed by LOCOG, we provided every element of the overlay and management across Horse Guards Parade, The Mall and St James Park.

This immense project came with many challenges including sensitive historical locations at certain venues, all of which required detailed planning and seamless execution. The project also demanded extremely tight deadlines including just 36 days to construct a 15,000 seat temporary beach volleyball stadium at Horse Guards Parade which was further challenged with bad weather conditions.

Sustainability was a key consideration across the project and the team worked diligently to exceed LOCOG’s expectations with 95% of materials returned to hire stock or donated for re-use in the local area.

What we delivered

  • 120m double-decker curved roof Arcus structure a Greenwich
  • A 15, 000 seat beach volleyball stadium on Horse Guards Parade
  • 39, 413 temporary seats across five venues at ExCeL
  • Hospitality structures for the Canoe Spring & Rowing competitions at the Eton Dorney Olympic site
  • Furniture and interiors for the Eton Dorney site hospitality structure
  • Overlay management and LOCOG branded infrastructure for all 18 Olympic Park and Ride venues in and around the Greater London Area
  • 3,000 media desks across 31 venues for the Olympic and Paralympics Games, including the Olympic Stadium

“The turnkey design and build project management approach entrusted to the Arena Group was fundamental to the successful implementation of this venue. Their management was exemplary around the sensitivities of the location, the multiple stakeholders and tight timelines.”

Duncan Firth LOCOG Lead Project Manager and Director at Deloitte

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