5th April 2012

Knowledge Type

Case study


, Olympic Delivery Authority , CLM , Buro Happold , Thames Water

Major Project

London 2012


Holly Knight - Principal Sustainability Manager, ODA (previously Water Manager, CLM); Ruari Maybank - Utilities Project Sponsor, ODA; Paul Hannan - Project Manager, CLM; Dennis King - Design Manager, Buro Happold; Ron Rigley - Bid Director, Thames Water

Of Interest To

Private sector clients Public sector clients

The Old Ford Water Recycling Plant and non-potable water distribution network


The Old Ford Water Recycling Plant (WRP), located next to the main site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is the UK’s largest community wastewater recycling scheme. It treats wastewater from the Northern Outfall Sewer and feeds in to a non-potable network that connects to the Olympic Park for toilet flushing and irrigation, and to the Energy Centre for cooling water. The scheme was set up as part of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA’s)Sustainable Water Strategy, which had a target to reduce potable water by 40 per cent. The combined effect of all water saving measures achieved 58 per cent, clearly exceeding the target.