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ODA launches hunt for Handball Arena design team

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has begun its search for a design team to develop the Handball and Paralympic Goalball Arena for the 2012 Olympics.

The arena is one of six permanent venues being built for the London Olympics, and will be a major coup for any practice hoping to grab a piece of the Games.

At present, only the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium have architects appointed - Zaha Hadid and HOK Sport - but chances to work on some of the more substantial projects are beginning to run out.

ODA design director Alison Nimmo said: 'We are 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, submissions for the Athletes' Village project are due tomorrow (28 June). The ODA is looking for 40 architectural firms to work on the £2 billion contract.

For more information see https://etenders.london2012.com

by Richard Vaughan

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