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Make wins Olympic Handball design contest

Make has pulled off a major coup by winning the competition to design the new Handball and Paralympic Goalball Arena for the 2012 Olympics.

The practice saw off the likes of Grimshaw, 3DReid, Sports Concepts, David Morley Architects, Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Bligh Voller Nield to land the project - one of six permanent venues being built for the London Olympics.

Ken Shuttleworth’s firm is working with PTW Architects and Arup on the 10,000-seat project which sits on the western edge of the park.

Speaking shorlty after the launch of the competition, in the August, ODA design director Alison Nimmo, said: ‘We [were] looking for a team with a range of expertise to develop an innovative and practical design, as well as a solid plan for how the Handball Arena will be built and how it will operate during the Games and in legacy.

‘The challenge for designers and engineers is to maximise the experience for handball and goalball athletes and spectators during the London 2012 Games, and leave a lasting legacy.’

Meanwhile it is understood an announcement about the new Olympic fencing hall has been delayed.

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