Long-term sustainability for the Olympic legacy

Surface heating and cooling for London 2012

The Athletes' Village in Stratford, East London, formed a pivotal part of the regeneration programme designed into the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. With the eyes of the world watching, the buildings had to reflect the best of British sustainable design in action and deliver real carbon savings to ensure a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Wavin surface heating and cooling specialists Warmafloor were commissioned to develop a bespoke heating solution to deliver heat and comfort to the apartments used by 15,000 athletes and officials staying in the village.

The solution was installed in five residential towers, with a total of 1,500 apartments. FSC-certified acoustic timber floors were designed to meet the 90-360mm level floor elevation, omit wet trades and reduce installation time. Warmafloor also custom-designed pump kit manifolds to meet the stringent space allowance in the apartments.

Warmafloor's skilled team created the detailed designs needed to maximise efficient installation and help to deliver the project on time and under budget.

Known as East Village London, these 'lifetime homes' would ensure efficiency and sustainability long after the excitement of the Olympics. The project was awarded an 'Excellent' BREEAM rating and also met the required Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. It was the first large-scale, high-density, high-rise scheme to be granted this certification.

Innovative construction practices were used to ensure optimum efficiency and local Combined Cooling Heat and Power Plants (CCHP) produced the energy required by the site. This process reduces carbon emissions by 68% compared to similar residential developments. Warmafloor's skilled team created the detailed designs needed to maximise efficient installation and help to deliver the project on time and under budget.