The first of 14 new floodlights has been installed at West Ham’s new home in another step which marks another milestone for the former Olympic Stadium. The original 14 iconic Olympic Stadium triangle flood lights which reached 230ft above the ground and contained 532 individual lights were removed in 2013 as part of the roof reconstruction.
The 14 new 18 metre floodlight paddles will each house between 8 and 41 lamps, many of which are original lamps that shone over the Stadium during London 2012, and the triangular design has been kept to reflect the iconic Olympic Games-time shape. It will take Balfour Beatty 12 hours to lift each 45 tonne light into place 30 metres above the Stadium floor.
Instead of sitting atop the roof as in the Stadium’s old design, the new floodlight towers will hang below a newly erected roof that will be the largest of its kind in the world covering every seat in the Stadium. This new layout will ensure an improvement in the acoustics.
The artists impression at the bottom shows how the new floodlights might look in football mode.