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Six set to make Olympic splash

A host of international architects are competing to design the Olympic Aquatic Centre, a key venue in London's bid to host the 2012 Games.

Zaha Hadid Architects is one of six design teams shortlisted to draw up plans for the new flagship swimming facility in Stratford, east London. The other contenders are: Dominique Perrault; FaulknerBrowns with Make; Bennetts Associates with Studio Zoppini Associati; Massimiliano Fuksas; and Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner.

The government has publicly committed itself to building the centre, funded by Sport England - whatever the outcome of the Olympic bid.

Sport England's chief executive Roger Draper said: 'The six architects chosen have impressed all the panel through their exciting mix of design talent.' All six of the shortlisted design teams have until November to submit detailed proposals and the winner will be selected in January.

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