Changing the Landscape of Olympic Wastelands
The remains of Olympic stadiums have received a lot of negative press. In a 2014 Guardian article, an abandoned £7 billion Olympic venue in Athens is featured in some sobering photographs.
Enormous single-use structures are being built and then abandoned: the result is money invested in a massive addition to our carbon imprint. It’s no surprise that people have made entire art installations lamenting these wastelands. Athens Olympic Stadium was built in 2004 at the height of their economy. Ten years later the site seats and structural foundations are rotting in the ground. What can be done?
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The Changing Landscape of Building
Innovations have already begun to change the direction of building. For the 2012 Olympics, ScrewFast provided 20,000 seats. This included 12,0000 seats at Lee Valley, 500 seats at Eton Dorney, 500 seats at Hadleigh Farm, 2,000 seats at the BMX arena and 5,000 seats at the Water Polo Venue. We installed 1,841 piles as well as the 20,000 seats. All sites were installed, uninstalled and recycled when the games were finished. Ten years from now, they will not be making an appearance in an art project on urban decay. This is how engineering is changing the landscape of building.
How Piling Companies Are Making a Difference
Geotechnical engineering has enabled piling companies such as ScrewFast Ltd to offer a removable, recyclable alternative to concrete foundations that is cost effective and quickly installed. Best of all, the equipment is removable and reusable.
Not only are pile foundations recyclable but the installation process is kinder to the environment. There is no vibration. The piling system maximises soil stabilisation and achieves best practice outcomes. Concrete isn’t needed.
There is also virtually no waste and no need to remove excess soil on site. This eliminates the ‘dig and dump’ mentality that has turned Olympic Arenas throughout the world into abandoned structural wastelands.
How Do Piling System Solutions Work?
Piling solutions such as helical piles are designed to suit ground conditions. Helical piles are steel shafts with steel plates welded onto them. They are screwed into the ground by hydraulic power drilling equipment. They can also be connected using a steel load transfer grillage.
With helical piles, there is no need for soil displacement or concrete. This is a major change in the direction of building that has resurfaced in the UK in since the year 2000 and has continued to gain momentum in the building industry. The future is anyone’s guess. Meanwhile, we are reducing our impact on the earth’s surface 20,000 recyclable seats at a time.
For more information on piling solutions, contact ScrewFast today.