London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Shooting Venue

Project Summary

Masterplanning of the venue for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic shooting events.  This was the largest temporary venue outside the main Olympic Park, located in the grounds of the Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks, where the longest continuous listed facade in Europe provided a dramatic and appropriate backdrop to the venue.

Our Approach:

Working in partnership with LOCOG the AMEC design team developed a masterplan and conceptual designs for each of the shooting ranges.   The venue masterplan had to resolve a number of conflicting design constraints and opportunities including environmental, heritage, sporting, safety, security, venue servicing and broadcasting requirements.

The AMEC solution provided an innovative response that met stringent budgetary, sustainability and scheduling targets. The AMEC team involved from the inception of the project remained involved throughout the process, first becoming novated to the detailed design team (with Magma Architects) and then becoming part of the design build team led by contractor Sisk.

The venue featured a number of innovative sustainable design features.  These included demountable and re-usable shooting ranges (subsequently used at the 2014 Commonwealth Games), naturally lit and ventilated spectator enclosures and an innovative 24m high screen installed around the shotgun ranges to minimise spread of lead shot and amount of site clean-up required (also enhancing broadcast, competitor and spectator experience during competition).

The innovative design of the shooting venue was recognised in its inclusion in the American Institute of Architects International Buildings of the Year Awards for 2012.

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