O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

  • Client / AEG
  • Sector / Stadia & Leisure
  • Architect / Populous
  • Main Contractor / Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Location / London
  • Products / Cladding
  • Value / 850k
  • Completed / -

Lakesmere was appointed to complete cladding works on the O2 Arena in London, which is the centrepiece of a multi-million pound scheme to regenerate the Millennium Dome and surrounding areas.

The challenging project saw Lakesmere design and install the cladding behind the stadium seating know as the ‘back of bowl’ using the innovative new Kalzip XT system. The XT sheets were installed horizontally and, along with standard Kalzip sheets and steel substructure, were designed to create a complex yet visually impressive graduating ‘corkscrew twist’ effect where the pitch of the sheets changed by 22º over a length of approximately 45 metres.

Located within the existing fabric structure of the Millennium Dome, Lakesmere’s work area was extremely restricted and so effective communication with other members of the project team was vital to its success. Indeed, main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine conducted a post-project Key Performance Report on Lakesmere and after looking at five core areas including design, quality, health and safety and supervision, awarded Lakesmere a consistently high rating of ‘very good’, with average scores between 71% and 90%. The company’s highest score was for its design expertise, which at 95% was rated as ‘excellent’ by the project team at Sir Robert McAlpine.

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