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Olympic Games Athletes' Village inundated with entries

A staggering 500 online registrations have been received from architects vying for a role on the 2012 Olympic Games' largest contract - the Athletes' Village.

Entries from 30 countries have been received since the Lend Lease-led consortium - which yesterday confirmed Allford Hall Monaghan Morris as its masterplanner - put out the call for designers only eight days ago.

Lend Lease Europe chairman Nigel Hugill said: 'There is a palpable sense of excitement at the prospect of contributing to the creation of something extraordinary - a place which can shine out on the global sporting stage in 2012 while going on to help shape the new city agenda.'

Commissions for the overall £2 billion contract range from individual buildings and pavilions to much larger schemes including swathes of housing for the Games' athletes.

The international search - which is being carried out in conjunction with the Architecture Foundation - will end on 31 July with the appointment of a panel of around 40 architectural practices.

Practices can register at www.villagearchitectspanel.com to receive the project brief and have until 28 June to enter submissions.

by Max Thompson

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