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Multi-use trend emerges at IAKS Congress in Cologne

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There was no mistaking a major theme coming through at the IAKS Congress and Awards: multi-use as a way of achieving economic sustainability, including the combination of large spectator facilities with community use. Examples included London’s legacy venues, the Copper Box, Velodrome and Olympic Stadium. Neil Fraser from Make Architects described how the Copper Box was designed to very quickly become a multi-use facility driven by the needs voiced by the local community, including schools. The Velodrome is undergoing some fit-out – a cafe and a reception desk – but most of the work is on the extended velo park next door.

The ‘New approaches to design and management’ session typified the different possible approaches to multi-use, from the architectural and engineering solution in Lille’s Grand Stade to the multi-functional training centre in Xativa Sports City in Valencia and the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix, USA. Chairman Sven-Ake Wikers put questions about programming, energy use and identity to the panellists, whose buildings, although with varying capacities, all need to serve different event clients with short turnaround times and as efficiently as possible.

Lille’s stadium is a sports stadium, sports arena and concert hall in one facility. It achieves this through having a sliding roof and a pitch that stacks internally. Architect Pierre Ferret reported that during its first season, each half of the pitch has retained its performance and appearance due to the maintenance regime. He also confirmed excellent acoustics for pop and classsical music in the curtained hard floor ‘boite des spectacles’.

Xativa Sports City is a renovated park with 8,000 sqm covered and 40,000 sqm of outdoor athletic, aquatic and fitness facilities, plus cultural, meeting and education spaces. Architect Maria Angeles Sanchez Ortega used colour to define areas for different user groups and integrated storage for team equipment. “During construction we always tried to reduce costs to adapt the project to affordable prices,” said Ortega in response to a question on architecture in a time of austerity.

The question of finance was also fundamental to the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix, one of 26 such centers funded by a private endowment of $1.5bn. Architect Craig Bouck described the selection process carried out by the Salvation Army, the organisation entrusted with the task of providing facilities to underserved communities, and its journey towards delivering leisure and cultural facilities, which it had no previous experience of doing. In Phoenix, the Center provides indoor and outdoor facilities, responding to the climate with shaded areas, water preservation and natural lighting and ventillation. Typifying the new thinking, the chapel is at the front of the building on the ground floor and immediately above and also at the front is a boxing gym, which appeals directly to the sporting instincts of the local community.

 

London Olympic Stadium to host athletics in football’s close season

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The Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will annually host a wide spectrum of key athletics events, from regional and national age group championships through to elite international events, including Diamond League.

Under an agreement between the E20 Stadium LLP (the Partnership set up between London Legacy Development Corporation and the London Borough of Newham to manage the Stadium) and UK Athletics, the Stadium will become the new national centre for athletics. UK Athletics will have use of the Stadium from the last Friday in June to the end of July each year under a 50 year agreement, starting from 2016 when the stadium will be fully operational following its legacy transformation.

The agreement will also provide year-round training facilities for local athletes and clubs at an adjacent permanent community track delivering a lasting athletics legacy in east London.

In 2017 the stadium will host the IAAF World Athletics Championships and IPC Athletics World Championships – the first time these prestigious global events have been staged in the same venue in the same year.

As part of its multi-use legacy the Stadium will also host five matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup and will be the home of West Ham United Football Club from 2016; the club will take residency as the Stadium’s long term anchor tenant with UK Athletics. The Stadium will also be used for other sporting, cultural (including concerts) and community events. The agreement may restrict the chances of cricket club using the stadium for Twenty20 games, which usually take place at the beginning of July.

London Legacy Development Corporation Chief Executive Dennis Hone said:

Tens of thousands will enjoy watching top class athletics each year here in east London. But crucially the deal means that the stars of tomorrow can train and compete in this iconic Stadium and help inspire the youngsters of the East End of London to reach their full potential.

Elite sports complex welcomed

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The £4.8m sports complex in Caerphilly will benefit elite sports, including rugby.

A new sports complex is taking shape on the site of the old Ystrad Mynach hospital in Caerphilly, Wales. It will include all-weather rugby and football pitches and a pair of 500-seater stands along with a gym, changing rooms and conference facilities. Caerphilly County Borough Council has awarded the £4.8m constuction contract to Northern Ireland’s Heron Bros.

We applaud Caerphilly Council’s proactive initiative in creating this facility which will greatly enhance the development of elite sports men and women in the area, which will be of great benefit to the local community, the Dragons region, and to Wales,

said WRU Head of Rugby Joe Lydon on the occasion of the project start.