Join our
LinkedIn Group


Videos

Pitch renovations at the Bet365 Stadium

bet365_stadium

Grounds manager Andrew Jackson explains the detailed process involved in preparing the turf at the home ground of English soccer side Stoke City FC before the start of the 2018-19 season.

Click image to view video

Inside the Kinnick Stadium renovation

kinnick renovation stadium video

The US$89m renovation at the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium is taking shape. See the progress being made at the north end zone in this behind-the-build video.

Click image to view video

Betty Engelstad Sioux Center Floor Redesign Timelapse

la_coliseum_update

This time-lapse video shows the detailed process of redesigning the wood floor at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center at the University of North Dakota, home to its basketball and volleyball teams.

Click image to view video

Industry Opinion

« back to blog listings

Parallel planning

Despite the predominantly negative media reports leading up to the event, the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games were a great success and the many thousands of athletes, spectators, officials and reporters have returned home with great stories to tell.

Of course, preparations for any mega-event on the scale of the Olympics don’t happen overnight and work doesn’t stop right after the closing ceremony either. Visit the East London site of the 2012 Games today and you’ll still see a forest of cranes in action, four years after the event. Construction will continue until at least 2021. Work on the Stratford Waterfront area is due to start in 2018, where there are plans for a new V&A museum, Sadler’s Wells theater and a university campus.

Brazil has now embarked on its own transitional phase, where years of work lie ahead to complete the transformation of the Olympic site into a vibrant new district for Rio. There remain significant challenges that will affect progress and the speed of the legacy delivery, but the foundations are in place.

As masterplanners for the London and Rio Olympics, AECOM has provided strategic advice to help both host cities manage the preparation, transition and legacy phases of the Games.

The timescales and deadlines in Rio were much tighter than for London 2012, however. This demanded an integrated, agile approach to masterplanning, infrastructure design and venue design. It helped that we had integrated, multidisciplinary teams all under one roof and that we could build on our London experience, although it’s worth remembering that work on Rio started well before the opening of the London Games.

London was a logistical challenge due to the extent of work needed to transform a contaminated, brownfield site, made more difficult in the wake of the credit crunch. While the Rio site is smaller and more straightforward, the project was even more challenging from a financial perspective, given the upheaval in Brazil’s economy. We worked closely with the organizing team in Rio to reduce costs without compromising the long-term goals of the plan.

By considering the Games and legacy in parallel, we were able to minimize the need for rebuilding work. The plan for long-term usage helped to determine the location of roads and utilities, for example. Power and communications facilities installed to cater for all the reporters and TV crews covering the Games were also added with the long-term view of creating one of the best connected districts in Rio.

While hosting a successful Games is always the primary focus of an Olympic masterplan, the event also serves as a powerful catalyst for change. It presents a focused opportunity to invest in underdeveloped areas of the host city, to upgrade transport and improve other forms of infrastructure.

From the outset, the Rio Games were seen by Mayor Eduardo Paes as an opportunity to create a lasting legacy for future generations, establishing new housing, schools, transport infrastructure, sporting facilities, and open spaces. These goals were woven into the design of Rio’s main Barra Olympic Park and its sporting venues.

Influenced by the temporary structures he’d seen at the London Games, Mayor Paes coined the term ‘nomadic architecture’ to describe his desired approach, in which temporary sports arenas would be refashioned after the Games to provide new schools and other much-needed community facilities.

AECOM evolved this idea and created plans for temporary structures that could be dismantled, transported and reassembled in new configurations. Four out of the nine venues built at the Barra park were designed in this fashion.

The Handball Arena, for example, will be rebuilt as four new primary schools in different locations across the city. The Olympic Aquatics Stadium will be reassembled as two separate community swimming centers.

To facilitate this approach, we developed the concept for an efficient, highly standardized structural design based on modular, stacked and repeated bolted steel units. This design eases both dismantling and reassembly. The building concept was further developed and delivered by AndArchitects.

Even the permanent venues were built with their legacy use in mind, to ease their transformation after the Games. One such building will become a new high school for elite young athletes.

A key issue to note is that the Olympic Park has been delivered as a fixed-term Public Private Partnership (PPP) by the Rio Mais consortium, made up of the construction companies Carvalho Hosken, Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez. This commercial structure will make sure the legacy remains a priority as the return on the investment is directly tied to the value that can be created on the site.

The 2016 Games were exciting for all who took part or watched the action on TV, and were amplified by the atmosphere and beauty of Rio. It will be equally uplifting to see the transformation of the Olympic Park over the next few years. Now that the site no longer has to cater for huge volumes of spectators, it will be transformed into a lush, green oasis as part of AECOM’s landscape design strategy, proving a new park for the community stocked with a wide variety of native plant species.

Our overriding goal has been to deliver a sustainable Games in the very broadest sense, so that Rio derives economic, social and environment benefits that stretch far into the future. The current political and economic challenges will stretch out the timetable for completing the transition to full legacy use, but it will be worth it. Rio’s full Olympic experience has only just begun.

Photo ©2016 Robb Williamson

October 6, 2016

 

Comments:

There are currently no comments.

If you would like to post a comment about this blog, please click here.
RECEIVE THE
LATEST NEWS


Your email address:



Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusives

One-on-one: Ron Moors, Schmitz Foam quality and development manager

Ron Moors, quality and development manager at Schmitz Foam, talks to Stadia about the developments in synthetic turf and whether it could completely replace natural grass pitches in the future.  
Click here to read more



World Cup 2018 stadium guide: The facts and stats of every host venue

The FIFA 2018 World Cup will see 64 games played at 12 venues, new and old, across Russia during the tournament. Here’s a list of every stadium and the story behind them.
Click here to read more



CR Laurence makes Banc of California Stadium see-through

The recently opened Banc of California in Los Angeles needed glass that is safe and fit for purpose to achieve its contemporary look. Here’s a look at what it took to make that happen.
Click here to read more



Gloucester Rugby to digitize the fan experience at Kingsholm Stadium

Gloucester Rugby club is drop-kicking its Kingsholm Stadium into the modern era by installing a state-of-the-art digital infrastructure to create a fully connected stadium that aims to digitize the fan experience with a new generation of digital services.  
Click here to read more



Harman lights up Jyske Bank Boxen Arena

Audio and lighting solutions can transform a venue with a simple flick of a switch, which is something visitors to the Jyske Bank Boxen Arena in Denmark will now be able to experience as a result of a dynamic installation.  
Click here to read more




Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightWe are building a list of leading suppliers covering all aspects of the stadia industry. Want to see your company included? Contact john.doherty@ukimediaevents.com for more details.

Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the stadia community? We'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to matt.ross@ukimediaevents.com

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email john.doherty@ukimediaevents.com