Olympic handball arena completed in London
The Olympic Delivery Authority has announced the completion of the London 2012 Handball arena, World Interior Design Network reports.
The completion of the Handball Arena marks the third venue to be structurally completed on the Olympic Park. Officials have praised the workforce behind its construction for its speedy delivery and sustainability qualities.
The 6,500 capacity arena features recycled metal cladding, natural lighting shafts, multi-coloured seating and a retractable lower tier.
The 88 sun pipes that provide the natural light are reported to make energy savings of up to 40 per cent compared to standard arena lighting. They also provide greater illumination than their electric counter parts but can be deactivated and switched over quickly in case of poor weather.
The centre is also able to recycle any rain fall, via a rain harvesting system, and feed the rain water into toilets and other non-portable units, reducing water usage by 40 per cent.
Completed on time and within budget
Prime Minister David Cameron spoke highly of the team behind the build. According to Sky News, he said:
“That this great venue has been completed on time and within budget is testament to the hard work, expertise and skills of the Olympic Park workforce. We are on track to stage a fantastic Olympic and Paralympic Games in London next summer.”
After the games, the facility will be used by the local community for a variety of sports including: basketball, handball, badminton, boxing, martial arts, netball, table tennis and volleyball.