Air compressors play an important role in the construction of major sporting venues around the world, and will have had their own part to play at the London 2012 Olympic Park stadiums too.

But when the Olympic Park was being built, a focus on compressor parts, tools and enclosures aimed to keep air compressors out of the spotlight, for all the right reasons.

The explanation for this is part of the Olympic legacy, which spans not only the inspirational sporting achievements of Team GB, but also the intelligent approach to construction, sustainability and environmental impact taken during the construction of the Olympic Park.

Back in October 2011, the planned ‘Learning Legacy’ for London 2012 was published, along with a Code of Construction Practice for the development of the Olympic venues.

Among the 89 pages of guidelines, air compressors got several mentions – all to do with how they could be used on the site without generating unwanted levels of noise.

This means the air compressors used on the Olympic Park’s construction were ‘sound-reduced’ models whose noise levels were further lowered by using them in sealed acoustic containers.

Furthermore, the compressor parts and tools used were fitted with manufacturer-recommended silencers and mufflers – helping to minimise noise levels, and keep the eco-friendliness of the Games on track.