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Eight practices line up in Olympic Velopark competition

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The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has unveiled a mixed bag of European architects to compete for one of the biggest projects in the 2012 Olympics - the Velopark.

A total of eight practices have been shortlisted to battle it out for the scheme: David Chipperfield Architects; sport aficionado David Morley Architects; Dominique Perrault Architecture; FLACQ; FaulknerBrowns with Heatherwick Studio; Foreign Office Architects; Hopkins Architects with Sanda Douma Associates; and finally Stirling Prize-winner Wilkinson Eyre.

Each practice will now come up with concept designs to provide a velodrome and a BMX circuit.

The announcement will come as a blow to practices including Reid Architects - which is currently working on designs for a velodrome for Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games - and Sheppard Robson, which had signed up cycling Olympian Chris Boardman to boost its chances.

The final designs will be judged by a panel including Nicholas Serota, Ricky Burdett, Sunand Prasad and 2004 Olympic-gold-medal cyclist Chris Hoy.

London 2012 organising committee chairman Seb Coe said: 'The calibre of our design jury has been matched by an equally impressive shortlist of world-class designers. This is exactly what we want to ensure there is a world-class venue put in place with a lasting legacy.'

by Richard Vaughan

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