London 2012: Olympics to legacy

  • Developing the south park site and infrastructure to deliver the Games in the right setting
  • Designing and engineering key sporting venues for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Developing the legacy transformation of the Olympic Park after the close of the games

Arup played a central role in delivering infrastructure and venues for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as transforming the south park site for development.

From 2005, we provided engineering design, consultancy and economic advice in and around the Olympic Park site and continue to work with key stakeholders to secure a sustainable legacy for London.

Highlights for the firm include the design of first class sporting venues: the Aquatics Centre, Eton Manor and the Handball Arena, as well as the Athletes Village and the engineering of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, Britain’s biggest structural artwork.

We also played an essential role in preparing the site for construction, with the Powerlines Undergrounding project and remediation works. Arup’s landscape design, planning and transport experts also made a significant contribution to the successful delivery of the Park.


Using powerful gaming technology, our visualisation experts have created a real-time simulation that enables virtual visitors to go to various points in the park and view them from a 360 degree perspective.

By selecting one of three views you can see how each location looked in its Games phase, the coordinated model of the Park prior to the Games and how these areas of the Park might look when the Legacy Transformation is complete.

During the planning and development stages of the Park, versions of the model were used to show designs for the site in realistic detail, helping design teams and stakeholders to make design decisions.

Open the 360 degree visualisation


The 2012 Games through Legacy Transformation will bring lasting benefits to the local and wider community in Stratford, including new homes, jobs, health and world class sports facilities. These will all be framed around a huge urban park for people to enjoy.

Arup’s transport consultants have provided vital support to the area surrounding the park to ensure it becomes a valuable asset for the community and securing it for the future.


The following resources provide further information on Arup’s scope on the Olympic Park and contribution to Legacy:

+ Download an interactive overview of Arup's work on London 2012 (PDF, 24MB)

+ Download 'To the finish line and beyond' - an indepth look of Arup's work on the Games (PDF, 322KB)


Design book 2013 front cover
  • Video still taken of the Olympic Park visualisation at night with fireworks. Play video

    This short film is a celebration of our involvement in London 2012 as told through the voices of some of our many designers who were priviliged to have worked on this project.

  • Photo of the ArcelorMittal OrbitOpen gallery

    The 114.5m tall ArcelorMittal Orbit will remain a long-term symbol of the post-Olympics legacy.