Project7 working in partnership with PHD Modular Access Ltd have been appointed by E20 and LLDC to manage the seating transition at the former Olympic Stadium, now known as London Stadium.
The innovative retractable seating which was installed last year makes it possible for the lower bowl to be protracted and retracted depending on the type of event taking place. By re-configuring the seating layout it will enhance spectator experience for the wide range of sports and events that will take place in the venue throughout the year. These will include various concerts, athletics and potentially cricket and baseball. The adaptive nature of the seating stands ensures that a great panoramic view is maintained from all seats within the stadium.
Danny Dwyer, Director of Project7 said: “We are delighted to continue the legacy of this iconic venue and look forward to working collaboratively with the various delivery partners. As well as having a strict timescale, one of the biggest challenges will be finding local people to help work on this project and we will be working closely with E20, LLDC and Newham council to achieve this.”
Work on the seating will initially commence following the final football match in the Premier League season and ahead of Depeche Modes Concert taking place on the 3rd of June. The venue, which is managed by E20 Stadium LLP a joint venture between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council, is the permanent home of West Ham United Football Club and the new national competition centre for UK athletics in 2017.
“The retractable seating is one of the key features that makes it possible for the former Olympic Stadium to be a multi-use venue that plays host to Premier League football, concerts and international athletics.”
Key Stadium Facts:
• As part of the transition works, in excess of 20,000 seats will be re-configured by Project7 to accommodate pitch, concert and athletics modes.
• Innovative air skate technology is utilised as part of the transition to minimise the timescale.
• The Athletics running track remains in-situ throughout the transition and is protected by composite matting to avoid damage.
• The Stadium will host the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships and IPC Athletics World Championships – the first time these prestigious global events have been staged in the same venue in the same year.