London Stadium awarded £4.7m to fit solar membrane

28 Oct, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) secured £4.7m from the Mayor’s Green Finance Fund to pay for the London Stadium’s solar membrane project.

Mace is leading the procurement of a huge solar membrane to sit on the roof of the London Stadium

The construction giant is acting as project manager in an effort to slash energy bills at the arena that hosted athletic events during the 2012 Olympics.

Mace drew up a business case for the scheme after analysing the environmental benefits, economic viability and logistical feasibility.

A lightweight membrane measuring up to 7,000 square metres will be placed over the stadium roof to generate more than 1 million kWh of renewable energy per year.

The project could save up to 270 tonnes of carbon emissions annually, cutting bills by a potential £350,000 per year, according to Mace.

The work is funded by the mayor of London. Mace is leading the procurement for a supplier and intends to appoint a contractor later this year.
The primary business case was predicated on carbon emission reduction, although financial savings were an important secondary factor. The project had the potential to generate approximately 10 per cent of the Stadium’s energy from
on-site resources.

Davendra Dabasia, chief operating officer at Mace Consult, said: “This commission is especially pleasing because we’ve been able to leverage our responsible business consultancy services to help the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) achieve its sustainability goals. At Mace, we recently set an ambitious target of helping our clients to save 10 million tonnes of carbon as part of our responsible business plan, and this exciting project is another step in the right direction. It’s an example of consultancy work making a difference early on in a project’s lifecycle, influencing outcomes for the better.”

LLDC head of sustainability Ben Coulter said: “This a vitally important contract so it’s important to have the right support in place from the outset. Not only will this investment drive financial savings, it will also help make significant reductions to carbon dioxide emissions.”


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