Declaration of the UIA Sports &Leisure Programme Group
(London 2012)


This results from the group’s seminar , “ Sustainable Architecture and Legacy Strategy for London
2012 “ on 17th April 2012 , and the experience of visits to the Olympic Park, Lee Valley White
Water Centre, and the O2 Indoor Arena on 18th April 2012

In the brief-­‐making, planning , design and construction of facilities for major sports events,
the UIA Sports & Leisure Programme Group (the Group) supports limiting the gigantism of Olympic and
Paralympic Games. It urges the IOC to review and evaluate the actual sustainability levels of
recent Olympic and Paralympic facilities during the long legacy periods following the Games and it
would be pleased to assist in this exercise. The Group endorses the following principles :

1. To apply and incorporate legacy considerations into all stages of brief-­‐making and design:
to build permanent facilities only where there is a proven need and there are sound prospects of realistic after-­‐use;
to use existing and temporary facilities wherever possible;
to carefully consider the scale of spectator numbers which are appropriate to the sport and to limit the increasing and unrealistic demands of sports bodies and federations.

2. To seek a high standard of design which successfully balances aesthetics with construction budget and with costs in use during the long legacy period:
to use architectural competitions where appropriate – but always ensure that the Games’ mode is as architecturally satisfying as the legacy mode.

3. To produce sustainable designs with environmental awareness:
to follow the principles of re-­‐use, reduce and recycle.

4. To incorporate considerations of accessibility, comfort and friendliness for all with special needs – participants, spectators and all other users.

5. To employ a forward-­‐planning programme which has an appropriately generous timescale.

The group congratulates the organisers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in seeking

to achieve and apply these principles. London now has a wide range of existing , new and
temporary venues which contain facilities which are either permanent, permanent-­‐but adaptable,
temporary and relocatable, or temporary and disposable . At the same time it has used the
opportunity of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Games to produce a catalyst for the
regeneration of one of its poorest developed areas. Hopefully, the London facilities in their
Games mode and during the long legacy period which follows, will establish positive guide lines for
future major event venues.

New Concepts: The Architecture of Leisure (Brighton 1987)

Architects should pursue a philosophy of provision and participation in the widest sense. Play, and recreation facilities are important and are not only the province of the affluent, but are needed for the underprivileged, the undeveloped, the under-employed and for the deprived inner city areas. Architects should develop multi-use buildings as much as possible, seek to draw different uses together. We need an all-round approach which is wide ranging. Architects should remember the complete range of people