Complete list of venues on the London2012 website

During the London 2012 Games, Olympic and Paralympic events will take place at venues in the Olympic Park, across London, and around the UK. Some of the venues are new and will be permanent, others temporary and others already in use. In the section below you can find information on the sustainability features of the main London 2012 venues. We have not listed all the 2012 venues below, just those with particularly sustainability features. The full list can be found on the London 2012 website.

Olympic Park Venues

Olympic Stadium

  • 80,000 seats at Games-time , originally designed to be reduced in size to a 25,000 seat permanent stadium in legacy by removing the upper tiers
  • Now proposed to be reconfigured to 60,000 seats in legacy
  • Uses less than half the steel of comparable stadia, reducing its environmental impact and making it the lightest Olympic Stadium constructed to date
  • The ring beam that supports the fabric roof is made of reclaimed gas pipes
  • The stadium includes over 30 percent recycled content
  • It is expected to need 60 percent less potable water than comparable stadia.
  • Use of a new cold foam process to lay its access roads, increasing the recycled content and reducing the energy needed to lay them
  • Designed to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating in legacy, subject to the new transformation plans
  • The Commission has made a statement on the plans for the future of the stadium

Aquatics Centre

  • 17,500 seats at Games-time, this will be reduced to 2,500 seats in legacy by removing two temporary wings
  • A temporary 5,000-seat venue for Water Polo, with competition and warm-up pools, will be constructed and removed after the Games
  • Being built to the BREEAM excellent standard (in the Centre’s legacy state)
  • Use a new phthalate-free PVC membrane to enclose the temporary wings.
  • Part of this will feature a green (sedum) roof
  • To use ammonia-based chillers rather than HFC to reduce climate change impact
  • Awarded an innovation credit under the BREEAM scheme for extensive use of recycled materials in the concrete
  • The design of the Centre features a spectacular wave-like roof that is 160m long and up to 80m wide, which means that it uses considerably more steel than buildings of a similar size
  • The centre has a higher amount of embodied carbon than a comparable sized venue, due largely to the amount of steel required

Eton Manor

  • Temporary training pools for participants in Aquatics events during the Olympic Games
  • Wheelchair Tennis and a training facility for Aquatics competitors during the Paralympic Games
  • After the Games it is intended that Eton Manor will be transformed into a mix of sporting facilities, including a tennis centre with four indoor and six outdoor courts, a hockey centre with two competition pitches and five-a-side football pitches
  • On track to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating
  • Projected to reduce energy use by over 20% compared to 2006 building regulations
  • Features a timber frame, using sustainably sourced timber

Copper Box

  • 7,000 seats at Games-time for events such as Handball. In legacy there will be retractable seating, with a flexible capacity of up to 6,000 seats
  • In legacy the venue will become a multi-purpose sports facility used for a wide range of activities from international competition to community sports
  • More than 3,000 sq m of external copper cladding – containing 60% recycled copper
  • On track to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating
  • Uses lightpipes to maximize the use of natural light
  • Over 20% less energy in use when compared to 2006 building regulations
  • Water saving fittings and devices to help reduce potable water consumption by around 60%


  • 6,000 permanent seats in the Velodrome, 6,000 temporary seats at the BMX circuit
  • The Velodrome has a cable net roof, reducing the steel used and creating a roof that is half the weight of a traditional roof
  • Lower embodied energy than a traditional Velodrome due to extensive use of timber throughout and a light weight roof
  • Strategically positioned rooflights reduce the need for artificial lighting and allow natural ventilation
  • Over 30% less energy in use when compared to 2006 building regulations
  • Water saving fittings and collection of rainwater for reuse will help reduce potable water consumption by 75%
  • On track to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating subject to decisions taken in legacy
  • Timber for the track is sustainably sourced Siberian pine as well as the timber cladding which derives from a range of sustainable sources
  • A mountain bike track and road bike circuit are to be created in legacy

Basketball Arena

  • This is a temporary venue and one of the largest-ever temporary venues built for any Games
  • 12,000 seats during the Olympic Games; 10,000 seats during the Paralympic Games
  • After the Games it will be taken down and parts of it are expected to be reused or relocated elsewhere in theUKor internationally
  • The contractors are required to take back and reuse elements of the venue
  • Projecting 30% recycled content through measures such as seats having a high level of recycled content
  • Back of house area will be shared with the VeloPark venues to make most efficient use of space and resources

Hockey Centre

  • Main competition pitch with 15,000 capacity and second pitch with 5,000 capacity
  • After the Games the Hockey Centre will move to Eton Manor and will have 3,000 permanent seats with the ability to increase to over 15,000 for major events 

Water Polo

  • Temporary arena that will be taken down after the Games with elements expected to be reused or relocated elsewhere in the UK
  • 84% of the steelwork for the frame is from existing stock and has been previously used elsewhere
  • Some back-of-house facilities, such as space for broadcasters, catering and security will be shared with the Aquatic Centre so they run as efficiently as possible


Other London venues

Earls Court

  • 15,000 seat arena will be installed for volleyball
  • Returning to use as exhibition space post Games
  • Certified to BS8901 (Specification for a Sustainable Event Management System)


  • LOCOG will be constructing arenas for a number of sports
  • Returning to use as exhibition space post Games
  • Working towards BS8901 (Specification for a Sustainable Event Management System)

Lord's Cricket Ground

  • An Archery range will be created on the outfield of the main ground and the Nursery ground
  • Capacity for the event will be 6,500
  • After the Games it will return to its traditional role as the home of cricket
  • Archery equipment from the training, warm up and competition venues is due to be given to clubs and schools across the country

North Greenwich Arena 1

  • Will seat up to 20,000 spectators for the Basketball finals and Wheelchair Basketball and 16,500 for Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline Gymnastics
  • Installation of temporary items such as tents, cabins, signage, services and equipment in and around the venue
  • Returns to being a multi-faceted music, sports and entertainment venue post Games

Greenwich Park

  • Greenwich Park will host equestrian and modern pentathlon events
  • 23,000 seat arena
  • Cross country course throughout Park
  • Measures being taken to manage and mitigate the ecological impact on the Park
  • London 2012 mini consultation site
  • Park to be fully restored post Games
  • Innovative bespoke platform to support arena field of play

Horse Guards Parade

  • Horse Guards Parade lies at the heart of Whitehall, the political centre of the UK. It is close to Downing Street and across St James’ Park from Buckingham Palace
  • 15,000 seat temporary arena will be constructed for beach volleyball
  • To be removed post Games

Hyde Park

  • 3,000 temporary seats will be constructed
  • Triathlon and open water swimming
  • Grandstand and course removed post-Games
  • GLA Live Site and expected to host various music, theatre, film and cultural events that will take place throughout the summer of 2012

The Royal Artillery Barracks

  • Four temporary indoor ranges for Pistol and Rifle Shooting
  • Outdoor shotgun ranges for Trap and Skeet events
  • Temporary spectator grandstands will be provided at each Shooting range
  • Hosting Paralympic Shooting and Archery
  • To be removed post Games
  • Much of the steelwork for the frame is to be from existing stock
  • Options for the reuse of venue and equipment post-Games are being reviewed

Wider UK venues

Lee Valley White Water Centre

Lee Valley White Water Centre (formerly known as the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre)

  • Two new canoe slalom courses have been built
  • A 300m competition course and a 160m intermediate/training course
  • A new 10,000sq m lake has being constructed
  • System of pumps to provide the 300m course with 15 cubic metres of water per second
  • The white water will be created by these pumps and obstacles placed in the course
  • The pumps require a considerable amount of energy
  • Up to 12,000 temporary seats
  • The two courses and the facilities building remain in legacy
  • Significant use of recycled materials, particularly recycled aggregate
  • Building only achieving a BREEAM “Very Good” rating instead of “Excellent”
  • In 2011 the Centre opened to the public as a venue for canoeing and kayaking for the local community and visitors, being suitable for beginners to elite athletes and as a leisure attraction for white water rafting
  • It is now owned, funded and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Eton Dorney

  • Facilities are being enhanced for athlete warm-up and Canoe Sprint events during the Games
  • Installation of a new 50m-span bridge over a widened entrance to the return lake for vehicles and pedestrians
  • A cut-through between the competition lake and the return lake, and a new bridge over this cut-through area have been constructed
  • The existing gravel/stone access road to the competition venue is being upgraded
  • Potential for permanent upgrades to the path alongside the River Thames

Weymouth and Portland

  • The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) forms the venue for the sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games
  • The venue is a combination of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and the adjoining commercial marina
  • The ODA has built upon these facilities providing a new 220m slipway accessible at all states of tide and wind, an additional 70 marina berths, an extended dinghy park with capacity for 600 boats and new lifting and mooring facilities
  • The first London 2012 venue to be completed
  • Exceeds the standards of the Disability Discrimination Act, offering excellent disabled facilities with ramps, braille signs, separate toilets and showers and a lift
  • The Academy has been described by Natural England as ‘an example of best practice’ in relation to the agreements in place to protect the sensitive environment and the unique flora and fauna of Portland Harbour
  • The ODA construction received a CEEQUAL (Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme) Excellent award
  • The Academy building has the largest photovoltaic array for the generation of solar electricity so far installed in South Dorset. It recovers ‘grey water’ from the roof to use for boat washing instead of mains water
  • WPNSA is committed to increasing its usage of renewable energy and state that it is on track to achieve the LOCOG target of 20 percent of the electricity requirements being met by new local renewable energy sources by 2012

Hadleigh Farm, Essex

  • 3,000 temporary seats will be constructed around the mountain bike course
  • Set against the backdrop of the 700-year-old ruins of Hadleigh Castle
  • Ecological and archaelogical considerations factored into the venue design
  • Post-Games the temporary structures will be taken down
  • London 2012 to work closely with partners including Essex County Council and the Salvation Army to explore what will be left in place for future use

Non-sporting venues

International Broadcast Centre

  • At Games-time this will be a 24-hour media hub for around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists on the Olympic Park
  • Mixture of permanent and temporary elements during the Games
  • Temporary 12,000m2 catering village during the Games serving 50,000 meals per day 24 hours a day
  • Games-time fit out being undertaken by the Olympic Broadcasting Service
  • Water saving fittings and connection to the non potable water network to help reduce potable water consumption by over 70%
  • Temporary ventilation and cooling systems are being installed to supplement the sitewide heating and cooling network
  • Living roof and 131 bird and bat boxes to provide habitat and nesting sites
  • Solar photovoltaic panels being installed on the roof
  • Provides more than 80,000m2 flexible business space post-Games
  • Provides car parking spaces to tenants after 2012, alongside walking, cycling and public transport connection

Olympic village

  • Residential apartments for around 17,000 athletes and officials at Games-time, along with shops, restaurants, medical, media and leisure facilities and large areas of open space
  • The majority of the ‘back of house’ operations and services for athletes such as catering and transport, will be accommodated in temporary structures that can be cleared for development immediately after the Games
  • The village is being built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4
  • 44 percent more energy efficient than 2006 building regulations
  • Over 10,000m2 Green roof
  • Post-Games, the village will become 2,800 new homes, including 1,379 affordable homes
  • Community facilities will include Chobham Academy – a new education campus with 1,800 places for students aged 3-19

Other Villages

  • About 700 sailors, coaches and officials will stay in a 77 home low carbon development at Officer’s Field, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset
  • Competitors and officials for the rowing and flat water canoeing will stay at Royal Holloway College
  • Grooms’ accommodation for the equestrian events will be in Devonport House in Greenwich town centre


  • Over 100 hectares of parklands and public realm will be created in the new Olympic Park
  • In legacy this will include 45 hectares of new ecologically managed habitats with 24.91 hectares to be in place during the Games
  • The southern part of the Park will focus on retaining the festival atmosphere from the Games, with riverside gardens, markets, events, cafes and bars.
  • The northern area will be designed to manage flood and rain water while providing quieter public space and ecological habitats
  • Around 2,000 semi-mature British-grown trees are being planted around the park
  • The park will be the UK’s largest ever river and wetland planting