The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) has confirmed that Premier League football clubs West Ham and Tottenham are the final two bidders vying for rights to occupy the 2012 Olympic Stadium post games
In August OPLC launched the bidding process and it will now enter into final negotiations with the two bidders before announcing who will take over the Populous-designed stadium.
West Ham’s joint bid with Newham council proposes a 60,000-capacity arena for football, athletics and community use. They have promised to ‘deliver the best legacy for the stadium.’
Ian Tompkins, West Ham’s Olympic project director, said: ‘We haven’t appointed our design teams as yet but will be doing so over the next few weeks.’
Their bid has been backed by UK Athletics who have insisted on the retention of the running track.
Tottenham’s bid, which KSS Architects is working on, has been submitted in collaboration with Millennium Dome-operator AEG. They plan to make the stadium an 80,000-seat venue, although it is still unclear how serious their proposal is.
The club’s Make-designed scheme for a new stadium next to their current home at White Hart Lane was awarded planning in September, but the project cost has increased a reported £50 million due to amendments to the plans and a lack of public funding.
Margaret Ford, Chair of the OPLC is not worried by the sincerity of Spurs’ bid. She said, ‘We are very pleased with the extensive and serious interest shown in the Stadium.’
An announcement on the successful bidder is expected by the end of March.