Development of a bespoke BREEAM for the Olympic venues
When London won the right to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the bid team pledged to treat sustainability as a priority. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) commissioned a bespoke version of BREEAM for use on the permanent Olympic venues, including the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome, Media Centre, Eton Manor and the Handball Arena. The scope of this bespoke assessment spans the design and construction stages from the pre-Games phase through to legacy post-Games transformation.
Developing the bespoke BREEAM assessment method was a challenging scenario. The construction of the Olympic venues is a vast construction project, with wide-ranging stakeholder involvement. The BREEAM assessments also need to address the environmental impact of the legacy of the Games, as the majority of environmental impacts will occur over the lifetime of the buildings, not simply during the two weeks of the Games.
The ODA has produced an extremely interesting publication on the application of BREEAM for the London 2012 Olympic venues. This can be downloaded free of charge from the ODA website by following the link to the right of this page.
BREEAM has also been used on a wide range of other sports stadia and sporting facilities, including Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham and the National Indoor Sports Arena and Velodrome in Glasgow.