Megastructures: London's Olympic Stadium

Megastructures: London's Olympic Stadium

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With exclusive footage and interviews with those at the heart of the build, get an insight into the year’s most talked-about arena, a venue which will be showcase the athletics as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

Olympic Stadiums are, by their very nature, pieces of architectural history. But this one is highly
distinctive. It was designed to be deconstructed. This is the world’s first 'demountable' Olympic Stadium. Though it has cost more than half a billion pounds to build, the top section will be dismantled after the games are over. The design enables the 80,000 seat arena to be scaled down to a 25,000 seat stadium if necessary. This in-built flexibility maximises its potential for meeting sporting and community needs in the future.

Hailed the "clever stadium" by its designer, Rod Sheard, the arena's ingenious form has introduced a number of brand-new architectural challenges, which put the design team under immense pressure as they worked against the clock. Using archive material, time-lapse photography, 3D computer graphics and compelling interviews with key personnel, we re-live the most dramatic moments of the construction process, including the erection of the cable-net roof and inner tension ring. Over half a kilometre in circumference, the roof is hoisted up as one huge piece.

Just as risky and dramatic is the erection of the 14 lighting gantries. Each of them is as high as a
five-storey building and together they weigh in at a massive 500 tonnes. If they are not balanced
correctly and installed in strict sequence, they could warp the entire roof.

Comments (17)

  • BHUSHAN

    over 1 year ago

    BHUSHAN

    BHUSHAN BORA please send me a video of london olypiadof its megastructure

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  • Trevor White

    over 1 year ago

    Trevor White

    After watching this program I felt proud to be BRITISH, such an engineering feat and completed ahead of time.Bah Humbug to all those who said it was a waste of money......we showed the world how to do it right!!!

  • Andy

    over 1 year ago

    Andy

    Agree with first comment, the Magastructures edit is wearing and superficial; keep it simple, we can maintain our concentration without searing zooms and other crass edit effects. Otherwise, superb!

  • Me

    over 1 year ago

    Me

    Excellent result to the games. Defo keep the stadium

  • Phil

    over 1 year ago

    Phil

    superb programme needs to be repeated, especially after the success of the games

  • somebody

    over 1 year ago

    somebody

    what about the opening ceremony stuff and those lights on the seats

  • josephine o'connor

    over 1 year ago

    josephine o'connor

    Awesome.......construction at its best......i'm moved!

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  • CharliePhillips

    over 1 year ago

    CharliePhillips

    Scrollbar is annoying!

  • CharliePhillips

    over 1 year ago

    CharliePhillips

    Better streaming format than ITV Player or 4OD (my first visit to Demand 5).

  • CharliePhillips

    over 1 year ago

    CharliePhillips

    Better streaming format than ITV Player or 4OD (my first visit to Demand 5).

  • Nick Chandler

    over 1 year ago

    Nick Chandler

    Brilliant. THIS is Reality TV. Britain really has Talent. Inspirational

  • Jay

    over 1 year ago

    Jay

    Bit worrying that when talking about the wrap the designer said it the stadium was only temporary!

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  • anon!

    over 1 year ago

    anon!

    Not bad. Makes a change to all the crazy conspiracy films about the Olympics.

  • Jon herbert

    over 1 year ago

    Jon herbert

    Please ask the producer of the great programme megastructures not to use flashing images and rapid zooms it wrecks a really interesting bit of tv

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