Think back to the Millennium Dome (prior to being saved by O2). A great concept, but its’ lifespan was shorter than the warranty on my new boiler! Now, look at the footprint of the Olympic Stadium. Clearly designed with longevity in mind. After the grand finale of the Paralympics, the stadium will not be left as a monument to the event. Instead it is likely to be transformed into a football stadium, with its’ 80,000 seats reduced to 60,000 – if West Ham get their hands on it! Unlike the Millennium Dome there are a number of businesses that want to make this versatile stadium their home – and you can see why. It certainly is an innovative creation, complemented by the beautiful Olympic Park gardens, which epitomises the concept of ‘working in harmony with nature’. The trees and wildflowers are a far cry from the previously contaminated Stratford site. From the transportation of disused gas pipes from the North Sea, to the recycling of granite and the demolished buildings on the former industrial site, ‘eco-friendly’ methods have been high on the agenda. The stadium was constructed from less than 10,000 tonnes of steel, significantly less than Beijing’s Bird’s Nest at the last Olympics. Even the 300+ panels that ‘wrap’ the stadium are much lighter than those made from conventional materials. The Olympic Stadium – and indeed the Olympic Park – is a fine example of what can be achieved when we look at the future use of buildings and how they work with the environment in which they stand.