Fake grass at London 2012

Attractive landscaping

Despite years of planning, lawns at the Olympic village were not quite up to scratch.  At the last minute, the OOC (Olympic Organising Committee) ordered fake grass to cover areas which has been ruined by weeks of heavy rain and then a long dry spell.  This included 5,000m2 for the hospitality site.  As well as relaxation areas within the main village at Stratford, the external area of the Coca Cola entertainment centre, Rowing village and the Royal Holloway University.

Terminal decor

The temporary Olympic Terminal at Heathrow was built solely for Games Family departures.  It was designed especially for use over 3 days after the closing ceremony.  1600m2 of fake grass has been used to give the terminal building a more prestigious look which has been praised by departing athletes as a great finishing touch to their London experience.

Hockey success

Nowadays, fake grass is the preferred surface at top-level hockey matches.  Water-based, fake-turf allows the ball to roll more smoothly and quickly.  Riverbank Arena, the official London 2012 venue was a synthetic surface in brilliant blue with a pink surround.  Leisure Tech Lawns are the proud installers of the Olympic Hockey pitch in Loughton Essex and a water-based surface for Lillyshall hockey pitch, pictured left and right.


BBC Studio for the games was located on a rooftop at Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.  A roof garden setting was created using fake grass which boasted magnificent views overlooking the Olympic Stadium.

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