Wilkinson Eyre and AECOM bag Brazil Olympic masterplan
A team led by AECOM, working with architects Wilkinson Eyre and engineers Expedition, has won the competition to masterplan the Rio 2016 Olympic Park in Brazil
The UK-arm of global giant AECOM, which is also heavily involved with the London 2012 Games, has teamed up with Rio de Janeiro-based DG Architecture, Pujol Barcelona Architects and IMG Sports on the 1.18million m² proposals.
The park will host 15 Olympic and 11 Paralympics events and the project will include the construction of temporary facilities such as the new hockey centre, the tennis courts and the sponsors villas as well as permanent ‘fixtures’ including a science and sports laboratory, athletic track, Olympic hall, media centre, hotel and homes and offices.
The jury chose the AECOM bid ahead of schemes by Portuguese architect Tomás Fernandes Almeida Salgado and proposals bn an American consortium led by Ron Turner ‘because of the concept of operation, access for athletes and the audience, the logistics for the transport system, the viability of implementation and a unique access for parking’.
The judges also praised the post-Games legacy proposals which ‘highlight environmental preservation’ and would preserve the famous lagoon.
Bill Hanway, AECOM, said: ‘We are delighted and honoured to win this appointment and have the opportunity to work on Rio 2016.
‘This is a fantastic city in a fantastic country and we know the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 will be a tremendous success.’
The AECOM result is subject to a two week cooling-off period which allows other competitors to make representations about the victor.