Royal Alexandra and Albert School benefits from the Olympic Legacy

29 Apr 2013

The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is benefiting from the Olympic legacy having just taken delivery of five storage units from the Olympic Water Polo Arena.

The Water Polo Arena, which was situated alongside the Aquatics Centre, was a temporary structure housing the water polo competition pool, a warm-up pool and seating for 5,000 spectators. The Arena, which was the first dedicated water polo venue to be built for an Olympics, is now being deconstructed with as many parts as possible being reused, recycled or relocated elsewhere.

The deconstruction of the Arena was handled by Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Limited, one of the UK’s largest mechanical and electrical building services businesses, and they offered the five GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) enclosures to the Royal Alexandra and Albert School. The School gladly accepted the offer and Balfour Beatty Engineering Services transported the enclosures to the School site.

The GRP enclosures had been purpose-built, to house electrical equipment that was required for the running of the Water Polo Arena. They are like very strong temporary buildings and the School will be using them to store exam desks, sports equipment and other bulky items.

Headmaster Paul D Spencer Ellis said “I would like to thank Balfour Beatty Engineering Services for providing these enclosures and for covering the cost of transport to the School. This school places great emphasis on sport, and, as a result, has large amounts of bulky sports equipment. The buildings will be perfect for storing this equipment as well as other items from the School and Gatton Park. This Olympic legacy will be with us for years to come as the enclosures were built to last.”