City firm’s supporting role at the Olympics

In the swim: Sheffield-based SCX's technology is playing a vital part in a sculpture at the London 2012 Olympics
In the swim: Sheffield-based SCX's technology is playing a vital part in a sculpture at the London 2012 Olympics
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TECHNOLOGY developed in Sheffield is playing a supporting role at the Olympics in London.

Roman Ridge Road-based SCX Special Projects has developed dampers to control the movement of 73 leaves that are part of a special sculpture that is one of the first sights to be seen by visitors to the Olympic Park at Stratford.

The 250 metre long sculpture, outside the Stratford Transport Interchange, is known as the Stratford Shoal, because the leaves resemblance fish swimming as they sway in the wind.

Dampers on each leaf reduce the effect of strong winds on the leaves.

SCX project manager Daniel Salthouse said: “We install bespoke lifting and handling solutions all over the UK, but our public-arena projects such as the Wimbledon roof or the Gherkin window cleaning system are recognised by a much wider audience – and now we can say we were part of London 2012.”