I helped construct the Olympic Site, tell the story of the Greatest Show on earth, and am on site for the Legacy build until 2014.

This is my View of what's going on. These Views are mine and not of my employer or the LLDC/ODA/LOCOG

I was one of the Official BT’s Storytellers for London 2012 .

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

London's latest Olympic venue

In Woolwich, by the Arsenal, is a collection of wonderfully wacky Olympic buildings - this the only one photograph-able above the building site hoardings. For the shooting and paralympic archery events. Two others are tucked behind this edifice - one with pink 'things', the other with blue. On a cold winter's day, with the moon hanging in the sky, they're a striking testament to the creativity of contemporary architects.

London's latest Olympic venue

The red structures are moving membranes, rubber-like, birthday balloon-like - they seem to breathe for the building. And according to the architects - they act as natural ventilation and allow light into the building. Nice for the shooters and archers, and spectators.

Shooting gallery - London 2012

A side-on view of the latest London Olympic venue to near completion. PVC membrane encloses the shooting and paralympic archery venue and the rubber membranes provide natural light and ventilation.

Sides aren't straight

All Pics : ChristinaGrieve's photostream on Flickr


  1. Can I be really picky, and point out it's not by the Arsenal, which is down by the river, but up by the old Royal Artillery Barracks on Ha-Ha road?

    It's not just out of sheer pedantry, but if you want to go there from Woolwich Arsenal station, it's a brisk 20 minute walk up a hill!

  2. Robin, it's a welcome comment, thanks for the updated info...

  3. Very cool building... but not to be rude, those look like sphincters...

  4. Why is the government spending 50 million building a target shooting venue at Woolwich when there are fantastic facilities at Bisley which is the home of British shooting? If the government gave a 10 million grant to Bisley to upgrade some of the facilities then there would be a long lasting legacy from the Olympics. The current plan to build a state of the art stadium for shooting for the Olympics at a cost of 50 million only to tear it down immediately after the Olympics at a cost of another 10 million is a HUGE waste of money. It is not too late to rectify this matter to save a vast amount of money and leave a lasting legacy but unless it is done in the very near future then it will be too late and the coalition will have missed an opportunity to not only do some good but also save the country a sizeable amount of money that could be far better used elsewhere.