London Stadium


London Stadium
  • Populous
  • Shortlisted for 2012 Stirling Prize
  • London Stadium (LS) 185 - a wholly owned subsidiary of Vinci Stadium. The "185" part of the company name refers to the 185 Team GB Olympic and Paralympic medal winners at the Games of 2012.
  • Permanent Opening July 2016

Stadium hosted a series of events from July 2013-November 2015

  • Over 500,000 visitors Summer & Autumn 2015
  • Rugby World Cup (5 games) and Anniversary Games sold out.
  • IAAF World Athletics Championships and World Parathletics Championships held in 2017
  • Inaugural Athletics World Cup, July 2018
  • Home venue for West Ham United from 2016/2017 Season
  • Peak workforce during stadium transformation reached 500 workers on site
  • More than 30 apprentices recruited locally worked on the site.
  • 800,000 tonnes of soil removed from the site before construction began - enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall nine times.
  • The roof is approx 45,000 square metres and at 84m at its deepest point, the longest cantilevered roof in the world, covering every seat.
  • Entire stadium circumference is 860m.
  • 5,500 tonnes of steel and 6km of cabling used in the transformation.
  • Toilets at the Podium level are flushed from the non-potable water network.
  • Football pitch, 105m x 68m
  • International standard athletics track
  • 60,000 seats in athletics mode (including 428 wheelchair accessible and 529 easy access)
  • 54,000 seats in football mode (including 253 wheelchair accessible and 540 easy access) with retractable seating placed over the athletics track to bring seating close to the pitch.
  • 80,000 seats in concert mode (including 428 wheelchair accessible and 529 easy access)
  • 33 catering outlets
  • Nearly 1,000 toilets
  • A second athletics track has been laid as a warm-up facility for the 2017 World Championships which will be retained as a community venue and for use by Bobby Moore Secondary School.
  • Home ground for West Ham Football Club
  • National Competition venue for UK Athletics
  • Hosted 5 games of the Rugby World Cup 2015 and England vs New Zealand Rugby League in Autumn 2015
  • First major concert played by AC/DC on 4 June 2016
  • London Anniversary Games, 23-24 July 2016 (Road to Rio Series)
  • World IPC Athletics Championship July 2017
  • World IAAF Athletics Championship August 2017
  • Depeche Mode concert June 2017

Interesting History

Nuclear reactor belonging to Queen Mary College, University of London, sited on Marshgate Lane near the current location of the West Ham Store
(Photo: Wikipedia)

Prior to clearance and cleaning for the Games of 2012, the Stadium Island contained many varied industrial buildings. Perhaps one of the more unusual and least known ones was the nuclear reactor. Shortly after the Games were awarded to London in July 2005, The Guardian ran a piece addressing MPs concerns over nulcear radiation contamination:

The tiny reactor, with a core no larger than a bucket, was the first to be built for a UK university. It was commissioned in 1966 for the department of nuclear engineering at Queen Mary College and was deactivated in 1982.

It was used for undergraduate experiments and postgraduate projects.

Walk down Marshgate Lane on Stratford Marsh and the huge empty building, divided into two hangars, still stands. Part of it is used by Bywaters for waste disposal. Behind is the studio for the television show Bad Girls.

The reactor was decommissioned under supervision by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, the college said. "The reactor was exceptionally small ... and produced virtually no energy.

"Decommissioning staff were able to stand inside the reactor void with no protective clothing. During decommissioning, the biological shield was removed by a nuclear consultancy, and the core was dismantled by staff on-site according to NII safety guidelines.

"Following the completion of the decommissioning process, the work was approved and verified, and Queen Mary's licence was officially de-registered by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate in November 1983.

"There are absolutely no ongoing health implications."

Jean McSorley, senior adviser on Greenpeace's nuclear campaign, said: "In our view there's nothing to worry about."