One Olympic basketball arena to take away

26 February 2013 0 Comments

If you’re in the market for a space for 20 tennis courts, a conference or exhibition centre, an events venue or a film and TV studio, you’re in luck – the London 2012 Olympic Basketball Arena is for sale.

The arena is being dismantled from its site at the Olympic Park in Stratford, and could be yours for £2.5m ($3.76m).

It was the largest single temporary structure ever created in Olympic history and was the third largest of all the venues at the London Games.

The building shell being made available for sale consists of a 1,000-tonne skeletal steel frame and a 23,000 sq m recyclable white PVC fabric skin.

At 114m long, 96m wide and 35m high, the arena occupies a footprint of 11,000 sq m and the main steelwork trusses span almost 100m.

UK’s Barr Construction retained ownership under a unique contract, and now it’s time to sell

Work to dismantle the arena has already started and the dismantling of the iconic rippled outer envelope will start next month.

UK’s Barr Construction retained ownership of the arena under the terms of a unique contract negotiated with the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Now Barr has appointed commercial property consultancy BTWShiells and accountant Ernst & Young to handle the sale.

“It was clear there would be no legacy use for a permanent basketball venue, hence the decision to create this temporary building,” said managing director of Barr Construction, Barclay Chalmers.

“Despite the temporary nature of its design, we believe it can easily be reconstructed to offer excellent service for many, many years to come.”

Barr said it can provide storage, transportation and reconstruction services to a buyer.

Once expressions of interest have been received, a shortlist of prospective bidders will be invited to submit formal bids by April 30.