GL events Slick Seating put London 2012 Basketball arena put up for sale

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GLEventsSlickSeatingGL events Slick Seating is organising the sale of the London 2012 Basketball Arena – the company is looking for a buyer and is selling the arena, which is currently being dismantled on the Olympic Park.

GL events Slick Seating, which won the contract to supply around 125,000 temporary seats to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, is also on a huge sales drive to sell off some of the temporary seating too.

The basketball arena which, at 115 metres long and 35 metres high was the largest single temporary structure ever used at an Olympic Games, is available to buy as a complete package, including all 12,000 seats – incorporating a VIP seated area – stands featuring gangways, staircases and a large network of internal access corridors, a high-spec media platform and disabled access platforms.

Its distinctive exterior envelope, which made up of a steel structure covered with moulded PVC to give the building its distinctive rippled appearance, is also included in the sale, although buyers are welcome to only buy the interior equipment and commission a new replica envelope instead.

While the Basketball Arena set a record for an individual structure, the London 2012 Games also holds the record for using more temporary structures than any other Olympic or Paralympics in history – and hundreds of these structures are being put on sale too.

Their sale is being handled by GL events Owen Brown, which, alongside sister organisation GL events Live, made up the GL events Owen Brown Consortium, which won the contract to supply temporary structures, media centres and ancillary equipment for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Alex Robertson, managing director of GL events Owen Brown Consortium, said: “The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were a coming-of-age for temporary structures.

“Not only did they perform a multitude of tasks necessary for the smooth running of the Games, they helped the organising committee avoid a legacy of unwanted buildings and enabled events to be staged at iconic locations, which gave the London 2012 Games a wow factor like no other before it.

“The jewel in the crown of everything that GL events supplied to London 2012 is undoubtedly the Basketball Arena which, despite the temporary nature of its design, could easily be reconstructed and would give excellent service for many, many years.”

The deal to supply the temporary structures was the largest single contract ever awarded to just one organisation. It saw the consortium manufacture and supply 170,000 square metres of temporary buildings – enough to cover 22 football pitches – to both Games, comprising of merchandise and catering concession structures across the Olympic Park and at 80 other venues, as well as vehicle and pedestrian screening areas, officials’ offices, tickets offices and media conference suites.

The operation to dismantle the Basketball Arena will end next month. Also underway is the relocation of 3,000 seats from the Riverbank Hockey Arena to the Eton Manor site, on the northern side of the Olympic Park, which is being transformed into the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre as part of the Legacy plan being co-ordinated by the London Legacy Development Corporation.

All the other temporary structures have long since been removed and, while some of the stock has been absorbed back into GL events’ own hire stock, Owen Brown is looking to sell the rest.

It is targeting the growing market in emerging sporting nations such as Brazil, Russia, China and the Middle East, as well as the USA, in its search for buyers and has also drawn up a list of future events where the temporary structures and seating could re-appear.

These include the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the 2014 Youth Summer Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.