london unveils olympic aquatic centre

The organising committee for London’s 2012 Olympics bid yesterday unveiled the winning design for the proposed aquatic centre. The facility, located within the site earmarked for the main Olympic precinct, will feature 2 50m pools and competition diving pit with seating for 20,000 spectators.


The winning design is by architect Zaha Hadid in conjunction with architects S&P, who are behind the new National Aquatic Centre 50m pool in Dublin, the UEA pool in Norwich and new 50m facilities in Cardiff and Crawley. Engineering services will be provided by Arup.
The government has already stated that the project will proceed, regardless of the outcome of London’s bid, although it seems likely that the seating and back of house facilities will be reduced in scope should the Olympics be awarded to another candidate city.