PTS Consulting delivers world-class IT and AV consultancy services to the Iconic Aquatic Centre and Velodrome for the London 2012 Olympics
Reporting ultimately to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), PTS Consulting was appointed as part of the design teams for two of the most prestigious and iconic permanent venues in the 2012 Olympic Park. We were approached initially by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) for the London Aquatics Centre (LAC) and subsequently by BDSP Services Engineers for the Velodrome to act as Multimedia and ICT Consultants. Both of our clients had won architectural competitions to design these venues.
Early on in the design process, PTS agreed, in conjunction with the ODA, to establish a common cabling infrastructure for the venues and to endeavour to put as many services as practical onto the common cabling solution. Cat 6a twisted pair cabling was chosen as the most appropriate solution for voice, data, Wi-Fi, security, CCTV, audio and access control.
The harsh and humid environment of the LAC presented particular challenges, where the risk of a chemical attack could drastically shorten the life expectancy of the system. Additional cabling infrastructure was also required for the venue-wide Public Address and Voice Alarm systems provided for the Velodrome. This mission-critical life-safety system required a fully fault monitored, fireproof cabling solution. A central fibre infrastructure provided ultra-high performance and ensured that the system would support all foreseeable data transmission requirements, including uncompromised HD video.
Data Centre Design
We also undertook a significant Data Centre design for the LAC. During Overlay mode, this needed to house all of the operational, management, booking and security services for a significant part of the Olympic Park. Forming a key part of the overall park IT infrastructure, the Data Centre provided high levels of resilience to ensure robust operation during the games.
The solution provides the legacy Client with long-term flexibility. This is reflected in the ease with which the LAC is being converted to its legacy use as both a community swimming and sports facility and an international competition venue.
PTS successfully leveraged the experience of its team in Multimedia and IT to ensure that the resulting design met both the extreme demands of the venues during the games themselves (overlay mode) and then the subsequent conversion to their legacy uses. We brought our extensive venue experience to bear on the project and were able to provide advice and guidance to other members of the design team.
The result is a totally coherent and resilient set of interoperating technologies that ensure the venues will continue to provide long-term flexibility with low operational and conversion costs. This is especially important for venues of this nature where the legacy roles are so diverse- being a local leisure centre one week and hosting international level water-sports competitions the next.