Architects Populous have won an award at the 2015 World Architecture Festival for the transformation of the former Olympic Stadium. The award recognises international projects that lead the way in using sports and leisure architecture to affect development and regeneration.
Populous Senior Principal Nicholas Reynolds said, “We are delighted that the London Olympic Stadium Transformation has been recognised for this prestigious award. The chance to transform a Stirling-prize shortlisted stadium is a unique opportunity. In transforming the stadium we were able to create a new halo of spectator facilities, and design a roof that reinforces the architectural legacy of the games, while ensuring that the Stadium remains the iconic visual hub of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The legacy of London 2012 extends far beyond the sporting event, and will be able to affect sports-led regeneration for decades to come.”
Having hosted 5 matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the transformed Stadium will be truly multipurpose, hosting the 2017 IAAF & IPC World Athletics Championships, as well as being the home ground of West Ham from the 2016-17 season, and the National Competition Centre for athletics in the UK.