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Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health & Wellbeing Centre

London 2012 Olympics polyclinic reconfigured into a community health centre for legacy use

This healthcare facility was built for the London 2012 Olympics and then reconfigured to provide a long term community legacy.

Willmott Dixon had to work within a tight budget, and to an immovable deadline. Despite numerous variations to the initial brief, the project was delivered inside the client's budget and on programme.


During the Olympic Games, it provided 24 hour emergency service and 70% of the care delivered in the Athletes Village. Up to 16,000 Olympic and 6,200 Paralympic athletes and team officials were able to use the facilities.

It provided primary care, sports and exercise medicine, a dentist, physiotherapy, ophthalmology, A&E, imaging, pharmacy, podiatry and other treatments. All drug testing carried out during the Olympic Games was managed from the clinic.


The facility was designed to incorporate future proofing so it could be reconfigured to fulfil its legacy role as an NHS primary care centre for the local community.

  • Sustainable features
  • District heating system
  • Rain water harvesting to flush toilets
  • Green and brown roofs


  • Olympic Polyclinic reconfigured after the Games for legacy use as a community health centre
  • Project delivered to tight deadline and budget despite numerous variations
  • BREEAM Excellent rating due to sustainable features such as district heating system and green roof




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Tel: 01462 442200

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