Sports and Leisure Assessments

Olympic Park, London

With up to 180,000 spectators entering the Olympic Park every day during the Games, the Park will be the focal point of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. EAC members were selected as experienced BREEAM assessors to undertake the assessment of the site-wide BREEAM credits for the Olympic Park.

The assessment includes BREEAM credits in categories such as land use, ecology, transport, pollution and construction site impacts. The goal was to measure the site related credits generically across the site and then apply these to individual projects to obtain a final rating for each permanent venue, Working with policy documents from the ODA and project contractors, the EAC was able to assess these credits and produce a report that has been verified by BRE and is now contributing to the individual venue BREEAM assessments.

Occupying a total area of approx. 246 hectares the site is located in the East London part of the Thames Gateway with much of the surrounding area being urban and residential. A central unifying concourse has been created to carry spectators and competitors over the roads, waterways and rail lines that cross the site which was a mix of industrial, office and residential uses as well as unused land, under-used land and derelict buildings.

Building type:   Sports & leisure grounds   Value:  Undisclosed   Site area: 246 ha

Project team:Client / Developer:   Olympic Delivery Authority

Key project features: Sustainable training and employment opportunities in construction related trades/skills are being created within the local community/boroughs, good construction site practices committed to in policy documents, a wide consultation planned with all relevant stakeholder groups, a stakeholder feedback process in place, an all-inclusive access strategy being implemented as part of the design.


 Bletchley Leisure Centre


The construction of the new Bletchley Leisure Centre for Milton Keynes Council is central to the Council’s strategy for regenerating Central Bletchley, which also includes a multi-storey car park, public realm improvements and road re-alignment.

The facilities in the new leisure centre include a 25m competition pool, four squash courts, sports hall, health and fitness suite, dance studio, cafe, indoor bowling facilities and multi-purpose function rooms.

From the outset Milton Keynes Council sought to establish a sustainable approach to the regeneration project and set a target BREEAM rating of “Excellent” for the leisure facilities.

EAC worked with the design team and the project manager at SDC to ensure that credits were achieved wherever possible.  The design team took particular care to minimise the environmental costs in use, for example incorporating a biomass boiler and reducing water consumption wherever possible.  The development achieved BREEAM “Excellent” and won the BREEAM Bespoke Award 2010.

Building type:   Leisure centre   Value: Undisclosed   Gross floor area: 9,572m2                                           

Project team:  Client: Milton Keynes Council  Contractor: SDC  Architect: Holder Mathias Architects  Building services: Venables Associates  Structural Engineer: BWB Consulting

Key project features: zone control heating; hot water and space heating supplied by biomass boiler with backup high efficiency, low NOx gas boilers; natural ventilation in bowls and sports halls and the atrium; heat from extract air used to warm fresh air intake; all fans and most pumps have inverter driven motors, so motor speeds can be reduced with low demand; rain water harvesting used to supply most WCs; water use minimised by using low flush volume WCs.