Visit London Blog » handball arena http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The London 2012 Olympics Handball Arena Construction Completed http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/05/the-london-2012-olympics-handball-arena-construction-completed/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/05/the-london-2012-olympics-handball-arena-construction-completed/#comments Fri, 13 May 2011 15:30:15 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=21094

The construction of the London 2012 Handball Arena is now complete.

This makes it the third venue on the Olympic Park to reach completion: the first to be finished was the Velodrome; the second, the Olympic Stadium.

As well as handball, the new Handball Arena will also host the fencing part of the modern pentathlon and the goalball competition during the Paralympic Games.

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!

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New Sculpture for London’s Olympic Park http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/05/new-sculpture-for-londons-olympic-park/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/05/new-sculpture-for-londons-olympic-park/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 16:00:11 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=20778

Plans for a permanent new sculpture in London’s Olympic Park were revealed last week.

The sculpture consists of three 9-metre tall letters, spelling out the word “RUN”, made of glass and stainless steel.

Designed by the internationally-renowned artist Monica Bonvicini, the letters will produce a mirrored effect that’ll change depending on the light and time of the day.

  • During daylight, the letters will act as a mirror for visitors and their surroundings
  • At night, the letters will become more transparent and glow with internal LED lighting

Sarah Weir, Head of Art and Cultural Strategy at the Olympic Delivery Authority, said, “We wanted to commission a new and innovative piece of public art that would animate the plaza and be fitting for both the Games and the legacy of the Park.

“A number of renowned artists were shortlisted for this commission but Monica’s proposal was chosen by an independent and expert panel because it fulfilled all the ambitions for this key location within the Olympic Park. The sculpture is unique and ambitious but will be relevant and fitting – we hope it will help illuminate this part of the Olympic Park for many years to come.”

The sculpture will be constructed on the plaza of the Handball Arena in the Olympic Park.

London’s got plenty of outdoor sculpture for you to hunt out and enjoy. Here’s our guide to London’s Street Art to get you started.

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In Pictures: New Aerial Photos of the London 2012 Olympic Park http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/11/in-pictures-new-aerial-photos-of-the-london-2012-olympic-park/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/11/in-pictures-new-aerial-photos-of-the-london-2012-olympic-park/#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2010 11:30:53 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=17093 Aerial view of the Velodrome. Taken on 10 Nov 10 by Anthony Charlton. © ODA 2008 Aerial view of the Velodrome. Picture taken on 10 Nov 10 by Anthony Charlton. © ODA 2008 Aerial view of the Handball Arena. Picture taken on 10 Nov 10 by Anthony Charlton. © ODA 2008 Aerial view of the Basketball Arena next to the Olympic Village Picture taken on 10 Nov 10 by Anthony Charlton. © ODA 2008 Aerial view of the Basketball Arena. Picture taken on 10 Nov 10 by Anthony Charlton. © ODA 2008 Aerial view of the Aquatics Centre. Photo taken on 10 Nov 10 by Anthony Charlton. © ODA 2008 Aerial view of the Aquatics Centre showing work on the temporary seating. Photo taken on 10 Nov 10 by Anthony Charlton. © ODA 2008 Aerial view of the Olympic Stadium. Photo taken on 11 Nov 10 by Anthony Charlton. © ODA 2008 South-facing aerial view of the Olympic Stadium with a view of Canary Wharf. Photo taken on 11 Nov 10 by Anthony Charlton. © ODA 2008

Earlier in the month, London 2012 released a new batch of aerial photos of the Olympic Park.

Click on the thumbnails above to see our pick of the best ones, including great views of

  1. The Olympic Stadium, which is now structurally complete with roof and lighting towers in place. Work is continuing on the field of play and installing the seats
  2. The Handball Arena, showing the structure is complete and weather-tight. The unique roof – fitted with natural light-pipes to illuminate the venue – is also finished. The top half of the building is now being clad in 3,000sq m of copper cladding
  3. The Basketball Arena showing the venue’s completed cladding, Inside, 12,000 seats are being installed, while the lifts, toilets and external service rooms are still being built
  4. The Velodrome, which is now structurally complete and watertight, and the timber track is being installed

Find out more at www.visitlondon.com/2012 and www.london2012.com/olympic-park-aerials-show-progress

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