Zaha Hadid Architects
• Project Managers
Glenn Morley and Sara Klomps
• Consulting engineer
• Fabrication / Installation
Architen Landrell Associates (ALA)
• Serge Ferrari composite membranes
> Roof: Précontraint 1002 S2 Black out NPP (Non-Phthalate Plasticizers): 18,000 m²
> Facade: Stamisol FT 381 NPP: 7,000 m²
• Number of places for 2012 Olympic Games: 17,500 seats
• Number of places at standard capacity: 2,500 seats
The London Aquatic Centre, a truly majestic structure designed by Zaha Hadid, was inspired by moving water’s fluid geometry. Designed in the form of a huge 160 m long, 80 m wide wave, a spectacular roof covers the central building. Like the wings of a manta ray, the roof was extended outward by two temporary structures covered by 25,000 m² of Serge Ferrari composite membranes, which have now been dismantled in compliance with the initial contract.
Built for the swimming competitions of the 2012 largest international sporting event, the London Aquatic Centre has been designed from the outset to be resized after the event. Thus, only the central part of this complex (2,500 places) has been kept in accordance with the environmental commitment of the client: not leaving huge unusable venues in the British capital.
The wings providing an additional capacity for 15,000 spectators, have today been dismantled. The 25,000 m² of Serge Ferrari composite materials used for the roof and external facades have been as expected removed, packed and shipped to Texyloop® in Ferrara (Italy), Serge Ferrari’s operational recycling facility for generating low environmental impact, second generation raw materials.
Complete dismantling of the building wings started at the end of October 2012 and was completed in mid-January 2013. The façade panels of various sizes, mainly 20 x 6 m, and the roof panels, mainly 40 x 7 m, could be easily dismantled using their peripheral fixing system. The flexibility and lightness of the panels allowed compact storage and reduced spatial requirement, thereby optimising transport to Ferrara.
Concrete, measurable results
Based on Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) conducted by EVEA, roof and façade recycling through Texyloop® ensured a 50% reduction in environmental impacts and produced 23 tonnes of 2nd generation raw materials.