From the 15th-century Greenwich Park to the modernity of the Olympic Stadium, the London 2012 venues embrace the history of the British capital, while also looking to its futurePast, present and future44 OLYMPIC REVIEWLONDON 2012 VENUES2. Copper BoxThe handball venue is named for its external copper cladding. Rainwater collected from the roof will be used to ush toilets and help to reduce water use by 40 per cent.1. IBC/MPCThe International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC) will be a 24-hour media hub during the Games.5. VelodromeSustainable choices have been made wherever possible, from the sourcing of wood to the 100 per cent natural ventilation system and the optimal use of natural light.3. Olympic StadiumThe 80,000-capacity stadium was made 75 per cent lighter in terms of steel use than most other stadiums. It also features low-carbon concrete, made from industrial waste containing 40 per cent less embodied carbon than normal. The top ring of the Stadium was built using surplus gas pipes - a visual testament to London 2012's 'reduce, reuse, recycle' approach to sustainability. 4. Riverbank ArenaThe temporary hockey stadium features a blue playing eld - providing high levels of contrast with the yellow ball.
OLYMPIC REVIEW 4510. Aquatics Centre All the pools in the venue have moveable floors and booms to allow greater flexibility of use by swimmers of all abilities from the local community once the Games have finished.6. Basketball ArenaOne of the largest temporary venues built for a Games. Parts of the arena will be reused elsewhere in the UK when the Games end.7. BMX TrackUsed for the first time during the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. After the Games, it will be reconfigured to form part of a new VeloPark.8. Olympic VillageThe Olympic Village consists of 2,818 new apartments built in 11 residential plots, along with shops, restaurants, medical, media and leisure facilities. It also includes a 'Village Plaza' where athletes can meet with friends and family. After the Games, the Village will create a lasting legacy of essential new housing for east London, boasting new parks, transport links, and community facilities.9. Water Polo ArenaThe 5,000-seater venue will be easily distinguishable to visitors by its silver-coloured wrap roof, made from recyclable plastic.LONDON 2012 VENUES