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Olympic sailing proposals become marginally clearer - images

The ODA has aimed to end months of speculation by submitting proposals for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Centre in Weymouth, Dorset, but the designs still appear far from detailed.

Plans by engineer and architect Royal Haskoning to redevelop the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy include a new permanent slipway, extra race-boat parking, lifting and mooring facilities.

A proposal by Atkins to regenerate nearby Osprey Quay - essential to the Olympic Sailing Centre - has also been submitted. Led by the South West Regional Development Agency, the scheme includes a 560-berth commercial marina at Osprey Quay, of which 250 berths will be used during the Games. A mix of retail and industrial units is also planned.

In February the ODA issued a statement claiming that the designs had been unveiled, yet the only image available at the time was a watercolour of the masterplan and an aerial shot with no annotation (ODA unveils Olympic Sailing Centre - but where are the designs?).

And now it has moved on a step by releasing an aerial view and an image of the site, although it is difficult to determine precise details of the schemes from these.

If the schemes win approval, work will begin on site at the end of 2008, meaning Weymouth and Portland will be one of the first venues ready for the Games.

Commenting on the submissions, ODA boss David Higgins said: 'These planning applications are the important first step towards delivering new world-class facilities that will benefit elite athletes and the local community before, during and long after the Games.'

by Clive Walker

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