The construction of the London 2012 Handball Arena is now complete.
Handball Arena: Sustainability
The Handball Arena was designed and built with sustainability as a priority.
The copper cladding has a high recycled content, while the arena can be lit naturally, through 88 rooftop sun-pipes, achieving annual energy savings of up to 40% and greater illumination than similar-sized conventional lights.
During TV broadcasts or poor weather, the system can be switched off and electrical lighting used instead.
Water usage at the venue is saved by 40% through a rain-harvesting system that feeds into toilets and other systems.
Handball Arena: Legacy
After the Games, capacity in the Handball Arena will be increased to hold up to 7,500 spectators. It’ll become a multi-use venue for the community, athletics and events.
The removable lower seating means a variety of activities can take place inside, from international competitions to community sports such as basketball, handball, badminton, boxing, martial arts, netball, table tennis and volleyball.
“It is wonderful to have another permanent sport facility located in the Park which will provide an opportunity for all of these sports to continue to develop in legacy,” said London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe.
“With the venue completed well in advance of Games-time, we can stage handball and goalball test events later this year under similar conditions to Games-time to ensure we get our planning just right.”
The next venue on the list seems to be the Basketball Arena… Watch this space!