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Wilkinson Eyre, Grimshaw and David Morley vie for Olympic basketball and fencing arenas

Wilkinson Eyre, Grimshaw and David Morley Architects are among ten teams shortlisted to design the basketball and fencing arenas for the London 2012 Olympics Games.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced the shortlisted consortia that will compete for the contract to design both the 12,000-seat basketball and the 8,000-seat fencing arenas in east London's Olympic park.

The announcement comes after Ricky Burdett, the Olympics' principal design advisor, promised that the Games would bring a series of temporary buildings to rival previous Expos (ODA promises 'Olympic design to match the great Expos of the past').

While calling for innovative answers to the challenges of building vast non-permanent structures, Burdett told the AJ: 'The Expo model is extremely appropriate.'

The ten teams are :

  • Atkins with Miller Architects;
  • Biong Architecture with Olav Olsen and Moelven Glulam;
  • Bligh Voller Nield with GHD, Patel Taylor and Arup;
  • CampbellReith with Max Fordham, DTZ and Viewpoint Landscape;
  • Canon Design with Burland TM, Adams Kara Taylor, AWA Building Consultants, Atelier Ten, Hoare Lea, Whitelaw and Turkington, ESS, Nüssli, HCD Group, PMP Legacy, Julius de Heer and Boartes;
  • David Morley Architects with Tom Dixon, Buro Happold, Max Fordham, Fabrik, ESS and Spiers and Major;
  • IDOM UK;
  • Mott MacDonald with Grimshaw, DLA, ESS and Tensys;
  • Sinclair Knight Merz with Nüssli, Wilkinson Eyre and KSS Design Group; and
  • Sports Concepts with 3D Reid, ESS and Faber Maunsell.
  • ODA chief executive David Higgins said: 'We are looking for design teams to provide innovative solutions for the basketball and fencing arenas.

    'The industry has responded positively to this challenge and I'm looking forward to seeing the submissions put forward from the impressive teams on the shortlist.'

    The winner will be announced later in the year.

    by Richard Vaughan

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