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Stellar practices get on their bikes for Olympic velodrome

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Some of the country's most famous practices are going for gold in their hopes to design the new velodrome facility for the 2012 Olympics in Stratford, the AJ has learnt.

At least four high-profile practices have emerged to stake their claim to contest what will be one of the most hotly fought competitions in the run up to the Games.

Bids to design the project have been submitted to the LDA by Richard Rogers Partnership with Mott Macdonald and KSS, and HOK Sport working with Martha Schwartz.

They are thought to have been joined by both FaulknerBrowns and David Morley Architects. More offices are expected to come out of the woodwork when the ODA makes an announcement on the scheme's shortlist in the immediate future.

FaulknerBrowns is one of the hottest tips to design the facility, after it was appointed last year to undertake a feasibility study for the cycling stadium (AJ 14.07.04).

The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, which is jointly funding the scheme with Sport England, asked the Newcastle-based architect to establish how the Velo Park could handle the needs of both international cyclists and those of the local community.

As well as the indoor circuit, the new Velo Park complex would also offer a range of facilities for other cycling disciplines, including potentially an international competition-standard BMX track.

by Rob Sharp

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