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Olympic Stadium, London

The London Olympic Stadium provided the focus for the 2012 Olympic Games and the stadium was designed and built specifically for this event. Vanguardia provided design services to the design team and the main contractor throughout the process from 2007 to 2011.

Vanguardia provided full service from client brief through concept and detailed design package procurement and practical completion of the works. Our specialist areas of design encompassed audio systems and acoustics. Our work was required to fulfil the requirements of multiple stakeholders from local authority building officers through to the event organisers and sports presentation teams.



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A key role was the design of the new stadium roof, which was developed in conjunction with the Architect (Populous); with the aspiration of holding large summer concerts, we conducted extensive acoustic design and modelling in conjunction with planning and environmental noise assessment, to ensure the roof provided adequate sound insulation. The new roof also required acoustic absorption to ensure that PAVA intelligibility was achieved in the stadium bowl. Absorption was minimised/balanced to maintain sporting atmosphere.

In 2012 we formed part of the Games time support team who ensured the operation of the installed audio systems on a daily basis for all venues on the Olympic Park during the smooth running of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Following the success of the project, we were subsequently appointed as part of the Legacy design team as the stadium was transformed into a multi- purpose stadium for both pitch and track based sports. As a result, the architectural acoustic design had to
be adapted from the previous stadium fit-out, with a complete review of sound insulation, building services, reverberation times and material surface finishes.


Architectural Acoustic

Public address/voice alarm design

Environmental Noise Assessment

Project Team


Balfour Beatty, London Legacy Development Corporation

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Jim Griffiths

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“Vanguardia have demonstrated a good understanding of the technical requirements of a complex stadium, and have proved reliable and capable colleagues within the design team.” Tanya Ross, Group Director, Buro Happold London 2012 Olympic Stadium