Construction phase

Sustainability and sporting excellence

The Royal Artillery Barracks shooting venues were delivered for the London 2012 Olympic Games by Sisk with sustainability and the innovative use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) at the heart of our strategy.

The three orange, pink and blue dotted buildings were completed in January 2012 skinned in a white, double-curved membrane façade, studded with vibrantly colored openings for natural ventilation and access.

External facade

Speed of construction 

This was the last major venue to be procured for the London 2012 Olmpic Games and fast track construction was key. BIM was utilised to identify challenges in the design and enable greater productivity once on-site, having received input from various elements of the Sisk team, sub-contractors and suppliers. 

Simulation and analysis of the buildings' tensioned fabric skin, along with its lighting and internal climate, allowed for greater scrutiny of the design, ensuring areas which presented shadows or air movement that could affect the spectators’ comfort and competitors' performance could be acted upon. To meet the schedule, all aspects of the build had to be right first time and this was achieved through the virtual build in advance.

"Sisk completed the works to a very high standard, within our programme and budget."

Richard Arnold
Project Sponsor, Olympic Delivery Authority

Shooting gallery

The site goal was to reuse or recycle 90% of onsite demolition wastes arising

Leaving a legacy

One of the key aims of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was the legacy of the buildings and their sustainable reuse. The shooting venues were the major success in terms of relocation as they went on to become one of the sites in Scotland for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

Following completion of the London events, Sisk dismantled and relocated the venue to the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre at the Ministry of Defence’s training camp in Carnoustie. Able to accommodate up to 1,450 spectators, the reused structure enclosed various ranges for the event and was subsequently able to be disassembled and removed once again.


visitors to the Royal Artlliery Barracks over the course of the London 2012 Olympic Games


seats divided between partially enclosed ranges


spectators able to view at the reused structure for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

"Sisk fully embraced a partnership style of working and had an open and honest approach to delivering the project."

Richard Arnold
Project Sponsor, Olympic Delivery Authority

Excellence in design

American Institute of Architects UK

Biennial Award for a Contribution to Urban Vitality

Westminister Society

Special Recognition Award

RIBA, Institution of Structural Engineers, New London Architecture