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ODA to deliver Olympic design agenda within two months

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The next two months are set to be key for the development of the embryonic design strategy for the 2012 Olympics, it has emerged.

The now completely staffed Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is planning a series of announcements between now and the end of February that will clarify many of the remaining elements of the delivery of the games.

In the next two months the ODA is expected to announce the details of the planned design competition for the velodrome and submit the planning application for the Olympic park itself - a move that will be accompanied by a series of new visualisations.

It is also expected that the authority's mandarins will also conclude negotiations that will see the formal appointment of HOK Sport and Sir Robert McAlpine as the team building the stadium.

This announcement is also expected to coincide with the first images of the stadium's design.

These moves will be used by observers from the world of architecture to judge the influence of design tsar Ricky Burdett, who was appointed at the end of last year after growing criticism of the perceived procurement route.

by Ed Dorrell

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