Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre for the 2012 London Olympics is to be redesigned in order to scale back costs. Balfour Beatty, Hochtief and Eiffel, the contractors shortlisted to build the centre, intend to value engineer the design before they present their final bids to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
The signature roof is said to be one of the key features that will be scaled-back again. Last November, the ODA and Hadid unveiled a redesigned centre, which at 14,000ft², was nearly a third of the size of the original. “We’re going through the routine review as we move from design stage C to D,” said the ODA. “The design won’t fundamentally change.”