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Sheppard Robson confirms velodrome collaboration with Olympic gold medallist

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Sheppard Robson has confirmed it is working with Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Boardman on its competition entry for the London 2012 velodrome.

The practice is the latest to throw its hat into the ring in the contest to design the showpiece project - one of the 'Big Five' permanent venues in the Olympic Park.

Launched by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in February ( ODA launches Olympic Velo Park comp ), it is understood that the contest has already attracted the likes of Foster and Partners, Make, Marks Barfield, David Adjaye, Foreign Office Architects and Reid Architecture - which is currently designing the velodrome for Scotland's Commonwealth Games bid.

The colloboration between Boardman, who won an individual gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, and Sheppard Robson will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows among the other competitors.

The bidders are currently waiting to hear whether they have made the final shortlist, due to be unveiled towards the end of next week.

Meanwhile a spokesman for the ODA has quashed rumours that track specialist Ron Webb, who worked in Athens and Sydney, will be brought in to design the track itself.

The AJ understands that the track will be put out to 'open procurement' through OJEU.

by Richard Waite

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