From the moment it was first announced that London would play host to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, everyone at Arnold Laver knew it was something we had to be a part of.
Through hard work which included establishing a new depot in Rainham, Essex and creating our own Olympic timber supply panel, we went on to provide over 50% of the timber and timber-based products needed to construct all of the prestigious venues which later played host to the magnificent events. This is something our company remains incredibly proud of.
However, the Olympics are now but a distant memory in a lot of people’s minds, so we have dug a little deeper to find out what has become of some of our creations and to see how we have helped push forward the Olympic legacy.
After playing host to an array of events and the Games’ spectacular opening and closing ceremonies, the Olympic Stadium is now being transformed into a 54,000 capacity multi-use venue for world class athletics and top footballing action. From 2016 West Ham United will make the Olympic Stadium their permanent home ground while it will also be used at the UK’s National Competition Centre for Athletics.
Copper Box Arena
Formerly the Handball Arena, the Copper Box Arena is now one of London’s most flexible indoor venues. As well as having retractable seating for up to 7,500 spectators in its main hall – which is used for basketball, handball, volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and more – the Copper Box also boasts an 80 station gym and two fitness studio rooms which help to keep the residents of East London healthy and active.
Lee Valley Velopark
The Olympic Velodrome cycling track, for which Arnold Laver supplied 56km of the finest Siberian Pine for the track surface, has now become the Lee Valley Velopark – the UK’s leading cycling hub! The park is a gateway for locals to get into cycling, offering a huge list of bike activities including track cycling, road racing, BMXing and mountain biking. You can also ride along the 6,000 capacity velodrome track where Sir Chris Hoy and Team GB set the London 2012 Games alight.
The 12,000-seater Basketball Arena was designed to be a temporary stadium for the Olympics made from fully recyclable materials. After playing host to handball, Paralympic wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and of course basketball, the arena was sold in January 2013 and dismantled to be used elsewhere.
Now known as East Village, this area has been transformed into a brand new living space for locals as part of the Olympic legacy. Boasting 2,818 new homes, a new school and a variety of shops, cafes and bars, East Village is fast becoming a true neighbourhood community right on the doorstep of Westfield Stratford City.