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Tuesday29 July 2014

Architectural charity to re-use Olympic Stadium wrapping

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Plastic panels to be turned into children’s centres in Uganda and Rio

Architectural charity Article 25 has reached a deal with chemicals company Dow to re-use the fabric wrap surrounding Populous’ Olympic Stadium for projects in Uganda and Brazil.

Article 25 said it intends to use the material to create a shelter at a centre for former child soldiers in Uganda and a training centre for underprivileged children in Rio de Janeiro.

Dow agreed to sponsor the wrap, made of 306 plastic panels of around 70sq m which covered the Olympic stadium during the Games, after public funding was withdrawn in 2011.

Article 25 has worked on around 50 building projects which have included centres for abandoned children and reconstruction after disasters.

Robin Cross, chief executive at the charity, said: “These projects will build understanding of the use and reuse of materials in the global community.

“By using the stadium wrap to build essential community facilities in Uganda and Brazil we hope to bring part of the London Olympics to some of the most marginalised youngsters in the developing world.”

Dow said it is also working with Manchester-based Axion Recycling to re-use some of the panels in projects around the UK.

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  • Fantastic.

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  • James Balston

    Glad to see they are going to such a worthwhile cause, but at the same time disappointed that the stadium will be losing one of its best bits. They made the deeply uninspiring exterior a little more interesting.

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  • I too thought they were inspired in their symplicity - and the irregularity drew my eye each time I looked - in a good way...

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