Cisco London

The Assignment

As the official network infrastructure provider for London 2012, Cisco required a first-class facility for its guests during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It was seeking a robust and aesthetically pleasing two-storey building that would be positioned on top of the new Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford - a highly visible prime location to capitalise on the fantastic views over the Olympic Park.

In addition, Cisco also sought to extend the hire period of the structure; enabling them to maximise its use by opening meeting rooms, offices and hospitality suites from April through to September.

The Solution

Neptunus’ structural engineers carried out a rigorous site survey during the construction of Westfield Shopping Centre which confirmed that the Evolution structure would be able to withstand the conditions on the rooftop, 15m above ground level, and the weight of the large Cisco signage it would have to carry.

A special base, supplied by Westfield, gave Neptunus a stable foundation on which to build the 30m x 30m Evolution structure, which was erected on 10m tall legs and featured special large glass panels to capture the stunning panoramic views over the Olympic Park. Automatic sliding doors on the first floor lead out to a balcony where the Evolution’s canopy provided shelter from any rainfall and supported the Cisco branding.   

The high-spec internal fit-out ideally showcased Cisco’s latest interactive technology, and the restaurant, bar and lounge on the first floor afforded guests the ideal space in which to relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Games.

The Challenges

With tight security and strict Construction, Design and Management Regulations in place at the Olympic Park, Neptunus’ detailed planning processes came to the fore to ensure a problem-free build programme despite the challenging nature of the installation.

As the Evolution structure was to be located on the roof of the Westfield Shopping Centre the experienced Neptunus team first had to oversee the safe transportation of materials to the site, including nine truck loads of equipment being lifted piece by piece onto the roof by a 70 tonne crane.

Then, in October, the temporary building was dismantled leaving no trace of the structure’s presence and the roof of Westfield Shopping Centre unaffected. This was all carried out with minimum disruption to businesses and shoppers.

The Verdict

The temporary building was dismantled in October 2012 leaving no trace of the structure’s presence and the roof of Westfield Shopping Centre unaffected. This was all carried out with minimum disruption to businesses and shoppers.

The Cisco building was one of the many high quality structures supplied for this major sporting event, which led to Neptunus being awarded Official Supplier status to the 2012 Games.

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