WHAT WE DID
We provided design advice to ensure that the venue was capable of accommodating the forecast crowd flows during normal operations, and in an evacuation scenario. We developed Legion simulation models of various scenarios, representing the crucial time periods for the building, as well as the expected variations between the Olympic and Paralympic events.
Our work enabled the increase in capacity from 2,500 seats to 17,500 seats for the Aquatics competitions.
Our advice shaped the configuration of the concourses, and defined the positioning and sizing of vertical circulation in both the front of house and back of house routes.
The Legion model outputs were used for the analysis of different design layout and management options, but were also used as a communication tool with London 2012 stakeholders and the Building Licensing team. As a result the segregation of exit routes for different client groups during the Games gained approval from the local licensing authority. We also contributed to the design of the Games family drop-off/pick-up area, including provision for VIPs and VVIPs.