Lee Valley Athletics Centre, London
Client: Shepherd Construction Ltd
Architect: David Morley Architects
Value: c. £2.1M (stg)
Period: 30 weeks


The Lee Valley Athletics Centre in east London is new state of the art facility which is expected to play an important role in the development of the UK’s next generation of athletes on both a local and national level. The centre, located just a few miles away from the official site of the 2012 Olympic Games features the only 200 metre six-lane indoor athletics track in the South of England and will provide much needed training facilities for those competing in the London Olympics and the 2008 games in Beijing, as well as being available for use by local clubs and schools.

The new athletics centre boasts a striking Kalzip sawtooth roof that maximises the flexibility of the material by dramatically curving from the lower east elevation upwards to the west. Over 8,000 square metres of Kalzip aluminium standing seam roofing was used to create the vast sweeping roof of the main sports hall.

SIAC was appointed by Shepherd Construction to install the individual 60 metres long Kalzip sheets which were twisted 45 degrees along their length in order to successfully create the unique roof design.