Lee Valley Athletics Centre
Whilst primarily for the training and development of elite athletes in the UK, the 9700sqm facility is also home to the renowned Enfield & Haringey Athletics Club and serves the regional and local communities. By having every level of skill train in the same environment the centre hopes to encourage and inspire participation in athletics. The building incorporates a 200m indoor athletics track with permanent banking and a first floor sprint track with changing rooms and support facilities below. The Centre was a key training facility for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The development seeks to enhance the special qualities of the site at Pickett’s Lock and reflects the sustainability objectives of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. The entire building is naturally lit and ventilated through north lights over an array of asymmetric arched trusses supported and stabilised by clusters of raking steel columns. Full accessibility for wheelchair users is provided by a network of slopes eliminating the need for lifts in this multi-storey building. The building received a Commendation in the Best Built Project category at the 2009 London Planning Awards.