Caunton supplied the steelwork for demountable structures for the Olympics 2012 Shooting Venue. There was in fact three enclosed ranges and three open air ones. They were used for Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun competitions as well as the Paralympic Archery.
The largest structure – which at 26 metres high, dominates views from Charlton House and the slopes of Shooters Hill – is the finals hall. Its distinctive design – with two fabric skins built around a steel structure – helps ventilation and allows the temperature to stay constant. The pushed-out rings are used to tension the external envelope - which has been designed to give the striking architectural appearance of “bullet holes” in the external structure. The photograph shows some of Caunton’s steelwork exposed. This was manufactured at Caunton’s Nottinghamshire works and erected by ES Global.
After the Games the structure was dismantled and the land returned to the MOD. The finals hall is where the first medals of London 2012 will was won – at around 11am on 28 July 2012, in the women’s 10 metre air rifle contest. Caunton of course relish being associated with this “first” and with such a sustainable project.