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The process of making the ArcelorMittal Orbit has been a truly international affair

Building Britain’s largest sculpture

A global team worked to make and deliver the steel for the ArcelorMittal Orbit, before its assembly on-site in east London

The construction of the ArcelorMittal Orbit has been a truly international affair. From sourcing the steel from our plants around the world, to its production in Luxembourg, machining in northern England, and assembly on-site in London, Britain’s largest sculpture has travelled far and wide before reaching its final destination in the Olympic Park.

Our plant in Esch Belval, Luxembourg, produced the recycled steel for the ambitious sculpture. The Olympic Delivery Authority’s rules on sustainability mean that at least a quarter of the materials used for all buildings in the Olympic Park must be recycled, and we have gone above and beyond that target by making sure that 57% of the total structure is made from recycled steel.

From Luxembourg the steel was transported to the Watson Steel plant in Bolton, Lancashire, to be transformed into the complex structures demanded by Anish Kapoor’s design.

Once the steel sections had been manufactured, they were delivered by lorry to the Olympic Park in London. On site, they were bolted together and assembled using cranes. Standing at a height of 114.5m, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is steadied by a tuned mass damper weighing 40 tonnes, which reduces the motion caused by vibrations.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit was leased to and operated by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) during London 2012 and will be opening to the public from 2013 onwards. ArcelorMittal is proud to have made a lasting contribution to the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and to the city of London.


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