SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The July 17 opening of London’s £7-billion 2012 Olympic Park, with its 16 new major stadia and other sports facilities, also marks the successful conclusion of one of the world’s largest brownfield regeneration projects in recent years. This olympic-sized cleanup included the remediation and redevelopment of more than 200 hectares (500 acres) of former industrial land where previous uses such as chemical and fertilizer works, landfills and depots had left a legacy of severe soil and groundwater contamination.
Among the new facilities, the Zaha Hadid-designed London Aquatics Centre (LAC) is one of the most conspicuous, being one of most prominent of the “green” buildings in the new complex as well as the first structure most visitors will see as they approach the Olympic Park. As a brownfield redevelopment project, the Aquatics Centre also presented a significant remediation challenge, being located on a former industrial site and contaminated with lubricating oil, a difficult-to-remove light, non-aqueous phase liquid or LNAPL. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) set strict deadlines for all Olympic facility construction projects, and the subsurface foundations for the LAC were to be completed by July 27, 2009, exactly three years before opening day. Continue reading