SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGN
BUILDING SERVICES NOISE
PLANNING & LICENSING
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
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 2016.
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 (PAVA), architectural and environmental 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.
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 2012 Olympic Games.
We were subsequently appointed by the Legacy design team to transform the stadium for legacy use for Athletics meets and the primary Football use by West Ham United. The legacy transformation works involved a redesign & repurposing of the original PAVA sound system as well as a review & redesign of the architectural acoustic requirements to suit the new internal area layouts. The transformation project had various engineering challenges, notably the requirement to use the existing loudspeaker types and back end system while providing appropriate sound, coverage and intelligibility to the stadium bowl in two key seating modes - football and athletics. The stadium features retractable seating to allow for varying event modes and capacities.
Vanguardia had a key influence in the material design of the new stadium roof. The materials chosen provide both sound attenuation (to reduce noise breakout from summer concerts) as well as sound absorption in order to provide clarity of the sound system. The inner polycarbonate roof remains acoustically reflective to enable the buildup of crowd noise ("atmosphere") as well as enable light transmission.
In June 2016 the stadium was used for the first concert, AC/DC, which was deemed a great success.
West Ham took the reins in August 2016.