As part of our role as official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Atkins supported the delivery of the temporary venues used for the Games.
We provided engineering and design services on utilities, civil and structural engineering, building services, acoustics and accessibility for many of the temporary venues. Among these is the Equestrian Centre at Greenwich Park, where Atkins designed a solution to make the sloping site level and to ensure that horses would not be disturbed by vibrations from the void beneath the surface. This involved rigorous testing to make sure the venue was ready for Games-time.
Atkins also worked on the Beach Volleyball venue at Horse Guards Parade, where careful planning, design and engineering was central to ensuring the venue was sympathetic to its context and setting. Factors for consideration included accessibility, noise, lighting, traffic, spectator experience and requirements of competitors.