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Top field on their marks for London Olympics masterplan gold

The London Development Agency has unveiled a glittering shortlist of world-class practices bidding to masterplan a London Olympics.

Foster and Partners with Arup, HOK International with EDAW, Terry Farrell & Partners, Barcelona-masterplanner MBM Arquitectes, Herzog & de Meuron, and the Richard Rogers Partnership with WS Atkins will all battle it out to design the site in east London.

The selection panel, which included representatives of the government, London mayor Ken Livingstone and Barcelona's city architect Josep Acebillo, whittled down the six from the 29 practices that entered the competition.

The brief - which includes an Olympic stadium - is for a complete overhaul of the rundown Lower Lea Valley and its transformation into a venue for the global event.

Livingstone said the 'calibre of the practices competing' and their 'enthusiasm for the event' could only enhance London's chance of putting together a successful bid.

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