Design and Engineering Innovation Micro reports

  • Logistics – Construction workforce travel planning
    To ensure that the Olympic Park would be delivered on time, the Park needed to be a place where people wanted to travel to. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) also needed to ensure that the 19,000 peak workforce generated by...
  • Logistics – Construction transport management planning
    The scale of the Olympic Park delivery required the preparation and implementation of the most comprehensive transport plan ever devised for a construction project. Working together with stakeholders to create and update at key stages, a comprehensive Construction Transport Managment...
  • Improvement in occupational health: a Velodrome case study
    All the contractors on the Park site had access to an on-site Occupational Health team that was able to provide support in developing a robust occupational health regime. By using this service, contractors were able to make a significant reduction...
  • Olympic Infrastructure Technical Approval Authority
    Managing the design review and approvals of cross-border projects such as the Olympic Park provided challenges in ensuring consistent and coordinated design approvals.
  • Sustainable material use in paving and seating
    This report concentrates on the selection of hard paving materials for the concourse and the choice of timber for the seating. Lessons learned include the need to push for innovation in sustainable design, while respecting the constraints of budget and...
  • Crossing Stratford High Street
    The Stratford High Street crossing required coordinated bridge, highway and crowd movement design using a temporary bridge and adjacent at-grade crossings which could be used by all spectators, including the disabled.
  • Implementation of the PVC policy
    In 2009, London 2012 published a policy on the use of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The policy set out parameters for using PVC on the London 2012 project including requirements to be considered in the manufacture and disposal of the material.
  • Primary Foul Sewer value engineering
    The concept design for the Primary Foul Sewer (PFS) had 28 construction/access shafts at a maximum spacing of 100 metres. The designer of the Primary Foul Sewer network, challenged the standard design criteria, producing a designer’s risk assessment of operational...
  • Promoting quality during the Build
    A ‘Zero defects at completion’ campaign was put into place on the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Construction Programme to promote quality during the construction stage of the programme.
  • Complementary engineering and architecture of the Primary Foul Water Pumping Station
    The Foul Water Pumping Station demonstrates the significant value of collaboration between contractors and architects on complex utilities’ structures to deliver high quality and effective structures. The approach architects brought to the project supported the delivery of a lean, cost...
  • Ensuring quality construction for the Olympic Park
    The demand for high quality construction on the Olympic Park was established very early in the development programme. This was particularly the case on the Parklands and Public Realm Project which focused on using a palette of simple materials combined...
  • Restoring the Olympic Park waterways
    The location and scale of the OIympic Park provided a unique opportunity to devise a waterways restoration strategy addressing water quality, flood-risk management, navigation, biodiversity and recreation.
  • Working together to prevent cable damage
    The third party dig process outlines the steps taken by the electrical distribution network operator; UK Power Networks (UKPN) as both concessionaire and statutory undertaker, to work with all Principal Contractors and Tier Two excavation contractors to avoid damage to...
  • Managing the demolition of Angel Lane bridge
    Essential to the success of any demolition and replacement scheme in proximity to important infrastructure is the implementation of a holistic approach to both the design and construction of the project. Angel Lane Bridge, located over a busy Network Rail...
  • Developing a family of bridge designs
    The bridges on the Olympic Park play a vital role in integrating the Park’s different elements including venues, the landscape and the wider community. Whilst providing value for money, the bridges also had to meet the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA’s)...
  • Olympic Park site ground investigation – innovative approach to drilling
    The first priority for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), before starting work on site in 2007, was to determine the extent of contamination and remediation required for the 256 hectare Olympic Park site. Specialist contractors undertook the site investigation works...
  • Assessing the sustainability of pavement design solutions
    As part of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA’s) commitment to sustainability, the London 2012 Parklands project aimed to ensure that the most sustainable option was achieved for the large areas of paving required. A tool was developed to objectively assess...
  • The Olympic Park bridge abutments and retaining wall facings
    An innovative approach to the cladding of the concrete bridge abutments was taken on the Olympic Park. Use of recycled aggregate from the demolition was used to clad the bridge abutments to create a common visual identity between the bridges...
  • Utilities resilience and capacity on the Olympic Park
    The design of the utilities networks on the Olympic Park had to accommodate the differing demand profiles and resilience requirements of both the short-term London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games mode and the longer term, after the Games mode. Lifetime...
  • Treating Japanese Knotweed on the Olympic Park
    The site of the Olympic Park was neglected for many years and the resultant areas of waste ground and river corridors meant that these areas became extensively colonised by invasive weed species, including Japanese Knotweed. An invasive species strategy was...
  • Renovation of The Greenway Pedestrian Cycle Track
    Essential to the success of any regeneration project is the integration of the development site into the surrounding area. The Greenway is a pedestrian and cycling route that runs along the southern and western perimeter of the Olympic Park.
  • Habitats for birds and bats on the Olympic Park
    As part of the biodiversity action plan (BAP), the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) set a challenging target of placing 675 bat and bird boxes across the Olympic Park.
  • Designing river edges in the Olympic Park
    There are several waterways in the Olympic Park that are central to its planning and design. The River Engineer worked with the landscape architect’s team of ecologists, hydrologists, soil scientists and others, from concept to design of the river edges,...
  • Biodiversity Action Plan: Securing ecology objectives for the Olympic Park
    Construction of the Olympic Park venues resulted in a loss of 45 hectares of existing nature conservation sites. The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games planning permissions placed an obligation not only to provide a new 45 hectare area, but...
  • Olympic Park lighting design
    Lighting design for the Olympic Park had to satisfy a wide variety of requirements. During the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games iconic lighting columns with integral wind turbines have been designed specifically for the Park to light key routes for...
  • Integrating trees and utilities within the Olympic Park
    Planting trees in urban environments can be technically challenging and often conflicts with underground utilities and service corridors. Technical engineering solutions were developed on the Olympic Park to accommodate utility corridors and meet the requirements for maintaining a healthy tree...
  • Lighting the Olympic Park main arenas
    Making sure the lighting levels at the three main arenas for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games reach the formidable demands of television (TV) broadcasting was made even more difficult by the unique challenges that each of them presented....
  • Eradicating invasive weeds during the construction of the Olympic Park
    The site of the Olympic Park was neglected for many years. The resultant areas of waste ground and river corridors meant that these areas became extensively colonised by invasive weed species such as giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam and floating pennywort....
  • Olympic Park training and apprenticeships strategy
    Historically, there have been limited training and apprenticeships within the horticultural sector. The construction of the Olympic Park provided educational and employment opportunities, and contributed to meeting commitments to secure local apprenticeships though the construction programme.
  • Outfall design optimisation to meet multi-stakeholder objectives
    The design of surface water drainage outfalls was a challenging task due to the number of constraints, such as restricted discharge velocity, ecological considerations, cost efficiency and aesthetics. The final innovative solution provided was not just a set of buried...
  • Irrigation system for the Olympic Park
    The irrigation system for the Olympic Park is one of the largest landscape irrigation systems in the UK. Detailed estimates of rainfall, water consumption and evaporation data were used to determine the baseline water demand. An 80 per cent reduction...