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Olympic Park design instructions issued

The ODA has finally issued instructions to the 47 practices designing the London 2012 Olympics Athlete’s Village.

Included in the guidance is a heads-up that two new residential towers may be the subject of a further design competition.

The letter from the ODA, which landed on practices’ desks on Tuesday (9 October) – outlines the way in which the park’s contractor, Lend Lease, will manage the panel of architects and individual appointments on the massive £2 billion scheme.

It goes on to say that the selected practices can expect ‘many appointments occurring in fairly rapid succession over the next 18 months’.

It continued: ‘There are over 20 residential buildings, varying in size from six to 10 storeys in height, and from approximately 80 to 300 apartments in number.’

The letter also warned that ‘selection does not guarantee appointment,’ and recommends that practices team up ‘should [they] be of the view that [their] chances of appointment will be enhanced by joining with another panel practice’.

The ODA also gave note that it may incorporate the two 20-storey residential towers – originally earmarked as part of the post 2012 development of the Athletes’ Village – into phase one of the scheme, on which the panel of 47 is working.

The letter explained: ‘As the architects panel was assembled only for the pre-Games part of the scheme, should the towers be incorporated into this first phase we will invite practices from outside the panel together with those of you with experience in the design of such buildings to be shortlisted for these commissions.’

Receipt of the letter will come as a huge relief to the 47 practices appointed to the panel in August, who had heard nothing from the ODA in the intervening two months since they learned of their appointment.

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