Project Loop is a development of 110,000sqft within The O2, the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue, in London. Anchored around a 50,000sqft cinema extension, a 30,000sqft trampoline park and seven new retail units at ground-floor level, the development, coupled with ICON Outlet, a new shopping destination, completes the loop of space around The O2 arena.
The cinema extension, for Cineworld, provides eight more screens, including three VIP screens, a super screen of 6,050sqft and one with 4DX technology, enabling the venue to host multiple screenings, film premieres and events.
The trampoline park for Oxygen Freejumping includes a trampolining school, an Airventure High Ropes course and facilities for autistic-friendly and disability sessions.
The trampoline park and retail units have been constructed to shell and core. Construction of the new cinema screens is within very specific acoustic and vibration parameters.
To prevent disruption to the day-to-day business operations, the development’s mechanical and electrical services to the existing utility services at The O2 were connected out of hours, and materials and waste were transported to and from the site at night or early morning. A public fire evacuation route was maintained through the site and this was checked and approved by The O2 before each event. Bridges were erected to transport site operatives over the public walkways within the venue and the busy external service road.
McLaren attended weekly events and coordination meetings with The O2 Building Services department and the events management team to ensure construction activities were effectively planned for around upcoming events.
The O2 arena, at 21,000 capacity, has been the world’s most-visited music venue since 2008. The new leisure and retail developments are expected to attract an additional 4 to 5 million visitors to venue each year.