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Case Study: Olympic Warm-Up Track


Olympic Park, London


London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games

Operations Director:

Smith Construction (Heckington) Ltd

Surface System:


Contract Value:£1.4m
Works Began:March 2011
Handover of all site works:April 2011
Olympic Warm Up Track

Project: Construction of Athletics Tracks to meet IAAF Class 1 Track Certification.

Description of works: Construction of new warm up track and infield complete with throws D, external hard standings, fencing and associated works

This included:

  • 8 lane, 400m, Mondo Surfaced running track, including associated drainage, sub base construction and macadam civils works.
  • Building and installation of 2 no. long/triple jump runways and 4 no. associated landing pit areas.
  • Building and installation of 2 no. high jump facilities.
  • Building and installation of 7 no. Paralympics throwing circle facilities.
  • Building and installation of 2 no. pole vault runways and 4 no. associated landing areas.
  • Installation of natural turf infield area including soil profile build up, surface water drainage, turf installation and irrigation system.

Design Information: The stadium warm up site was designed to provide the following athletics facilities;

  • Athletics Track - The warm up site is built to mirror the stadium track in respect of lane bend radii setting out. This is to ensure athletes have the same bend experience on both facilities, which is of particular importance for wheelchair events.
  • Long and Triple Jump - The installation includes 6 no. take off board trays per runway complete with 2 no. take off boards and 4 no. blanking boards, all complying with IAAF requirements. All take-off and blanking boards are interchangeable without adjustment. Take off boards are positioned at 2m, 11m and 13m.
  • High Jump – Installation of 2 no. High Jump facilities and appropriate line marking compliant with guidance set out in the IAAF Track and Field Facilities Manual 2008.
  • Pole Vault – Install 4 no. Pole Vault facilities compliant to the IAAF Track and Field Facilities Manual 2008. The facilities are positioned within the D area, construction complete with purpose manufactured tray box units constructed of stainless steel to IAAF requirements.
  • Paralympic throwing Circles – 7 no. Paralympic Throwing Circles compliant to the IAAF Track and Field Facilities Manual 2008. 5 no. Paralympic throwing circles at 2.135m diameter and 2 no. Paralympic throwing circles at 2.5m diameter. Immediately around the circle the base has a 600mm wide concrete apron to allow the fixings for the tie down anchor points for Paralympic use. The surface finishing of the concrete throwing circles is approved by LOCOG Sport.
  • Steeple Chase – 1 no. steeple chase/water jump compliant to the IAAF Track and Field Facilities Manual 2008. Water jump unit installed in the inner track D area, constructed with rubber capped edgings. A Mondo surfaced cover is provided to the pit, which fits flush with the surrounding surfaces when in place.

Sustainability – Smith Construction were responsible for ensuring all materials were handled efficiently and that waste was managed appropriately in accordance with Section 24 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Waste Duty of Care), Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) regulation 1991 (as amended) and The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005.

The plan was reviewed and updated on a monthly basis to ensure compliance. A review of the project was carried out on completion to compare the estimated quantities of waste against the actual quantities.

Management of waste:  The production of waste materials on the site during the construction phase was to be avoided wherever possible by following the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover measures. Only when these routes have been exhausted waste would be sent for disposal

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