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ODA unveils Olympic Sailing Centre - but where are the designs?

Details of the full designs for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Centre are proving elusive despite promises that the proposals will be submitted for planning next month.

The full story behind the plans - for the facilities at Weymouth in Dorset - remains extremely hazy.

Yesterday (13 February), the ODA issued a statement claiming that the designs have been unveiled, yet the only image available is a watercolour of the masterplan (above) and an aerial shot with no annotation (below).

Details of the design team are also foggy. It appears that engineering giant White Young Green is carrying out the civils work and Atkins is carrying out other design work on a separate marina development - but whether this includes the architectural elements is unclear.

This marina project - which is apparently essential for the Olympic Sailing Centre - is being privately developed by a company called Dean & Reddyhoff. There are no details yet of a planning application for the scheme.

Despite this confusion, Ralph Luck, ODA director of property, said he was upbeat about the developments.

'We will be going for gold to ensure Weymouth and Portland is one of the first venues ready for 2012,' he said. 'Elite athletes and the local community alike will benefit from new world-class facilities before, during and long after the Games.

'This scheme is an excellent example of how the Games can act as a driver for wider regeneration, spreading Olympic benefits around the country.'

by Ed Dorrell

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