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Olympic Delivery Authority named RIBA client of the year 2012

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has won the high profile RIBA client of the year 2012 award

The organisation behind the London 2012 Olympic Games park and major venues was praised by judges for delivering ‘probably the greatest architectural commission ever in this country’.

Nominated for the Olympic Stadium by Populous, Hopkins’ Velodrome and NORD’s Primary Substation, the ODA beat Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture, Manhattan Lofts, King’s Cross developer Argent and Wakefield Council to win the prestigious prize.

The RIBA citation praised ODA for creating a ‘series of spectacular but highly functional venues, seen across the world by hundreds of millions of people – the biggest ever audience for great architecture.’

It added: ‘What is more [the ODA] have delivered a sustainable legacy for years to come. Athletes and spectators can testify to the excellence of the partnership between clients and architects.’

The winner was announced this evening (13 October) at the Stirling Prize award ceremony in Manchester.

RIBA citation


The Olympic Delivery Authority and their successors the London Olympic Games Organizing Committee have delivered what is probably the greatest architectural commission ever in this country.  They selected 52 firms, all by competition, from major practices such as Hopkins and Populous, to small ones like Pernilla and Asif with their interactive Beat Box.

The mammoth, hugely popular and successful enterprise was led by project sponsor Ian Crockford and design principal Kevin Owens, whose energy and enthusiasm inspired the design and construction team to work in a seamlessly collaborative manner to an unprecedentedly challenging programme. The result was a series of some spectacular but all highly functional venues, seen across the world by hundreds of millions of people – the biggest ever audience for great architecture. What is more they have delivered a sustainable legacy for years to come. Athletes and spectators can testify to the excellence of the partnership between clients and architects. 

Project data: Olympic Stadium by Populous

Start on site: May 2008
Completion: March 2011
Total floor area of stadium in Games mode: 108,500m² (46,830m² internal accommodation)
Form of contract: NEC 3, Integrated Design and Construct Team
Full project cost: £496 million
Full project cost per m²: £4,571
Client: The Olympic Delivery Authority
Architect: Populous
Structural engineer: Buro Happold
M&E consultant: Buro Happold
Quantity surveyors: Arcadis and CLM
Landscape architect: Hyland Edgar
Acoustics consultant: Vanguardia
Crowd circulation consultant: Steer Davies Gleave
Project manager: CLM
Main contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
CDM co-ordinator: Buro Happold
Approved building inspector: JLAB
Estimated annual CO2 emissions: Not supplied

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