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Allies and Morrison bags Olympic media centre contract

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Allies and Morrison has won the contest to design the new media centre for London’s 2012 Olympic Games, the AJ can reveal.

The architect was chosen as part of the consortium headed up by Carillion and Igloo to design the 12,000m2 scheme – officially named the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre – which will be converted to offices after the Games.

The team was picked by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) ahead of a bid from Bouygues and Development Securities, which included Hopkins Architects.

Late last year consortia including architects BDP and Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson Architects fell by the wayside, leaving just the Carillion and Bouygues joint venutres in the running.

It is understood the winner was chosen by the ODA on Friday although the organisation would not officailly confirm the appointment at lunchtime today (3 March).

More details are expected to emerge next week.

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