London Aquatics Centre
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London Aquatics Centre

  • Client / ODA
  • Sector / Stadia & Leisure
  • Architect / Zaha Hadid
  • Main Contractor / Balfour Beatty
  • Location / London
  • Products / Cladding, Roofing
  • Value / £3.5m
  • Completed / February 2011

Appointed by main contractor Balfour Beatty to create the iconic sweeping roof of the London Aquatics Centre, Lakesmere has utilised the highly flexible Kalzip XT aluminium cladding system to help bring to life the dramatic vision of architect Zaha Hadid. Designed to evoke the notion of a swimmer breaking the water, the striking wave-form roof smoothly sweeps upwards from the south edge before curving gently down at the northern side. A subtle upwards curve also features at both the eastern and western tips of the roof to further emphasise the structure’s fluid design.

As the only UK installer to have worked with the new Kalzip XT system to date, Lakesmere is well versed in creating the seemingly impossible and the company’s extensive design expertise was called upon at the pre-tender stage to value-engineer and develop the complex roof structure. Utilising the latest 3D design technology and logistical planning tools to create a virtual model of the London Aquatics Centre, Lakesmere was able to realise the architect’s challenging design brief and ensure the successful delivery of the project that is set to become the ‘Gateway into the Games’

Lakesmere’s work was also recognised at the Balfour Beatty London Aquatics Centre Supplier Awards where the company received the prestigious ‘Product Performance Award’ for “achieving consistently high output through good planning and efficient working” throughout the design and installation of the Aquatics Centre’s complex roof package. The award ceremony celebrates the contributions made by suppliers to the successful creation of the London Aquatics Centre and out of the 135 companies involved in the scheme, Lakesmere was one of just 15 who were shortlisted for a prize.

Header images courtesy of Hufton+Crow

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