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False start: ODA admits gaffe over claims Olympic Stadium on Stirling shortlist

The ODA has admitted blundering after claiming Populous’ London 2012 Olympic Stadium was already on this year’s Stirling Prize shortlist

The Olympic Delivery Authority had bragged about the inclusion of the showcase stadium among the finalist for the UK’s most prestigious architectural award in its Annual Report and Accounts 2011-2012 published yesterday (12 July).

However the RIBA was quick to respond saying the claims were ‘categorically untrue’ adding that the £496 million centrepiece venue had only reached the midlist with the final shortlist to be decided at a day-long meeting later today.

An institute spokesperson said: ‘It’s an error. The decision [will] not be made until [today]. It’s a common mistake and it has happened in the past.’

The ODA blamed ‘a production error’ and confusion over the stadium’s inclusion on an earlier longlist for the prize.

An ODA spokesperson said: ‘As a result of a production error, the Olympic Delivery Authority’s 2011-12 Annual Report wrongly stated that the Olympic Stadium has been shortlisted for the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize. This is not correct.

‘However, the Olympic Stadium has been placed on a long list, along with RIBA regional award winners. We apologise for any confusion.’

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