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Wilkinson Eyre nets 2012 Olympics Basketball Arena

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Wilkinson Eyre Architects and KSS Design Group have seen off a host of big names to design the Basketball Arena for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Grimshaw, David Morley Architects and 3D Reid were among 10 shortlisted teams vying for one of the few remaining venues.

The two practices form part of a consortium, which also includes professional services firm Sinclair Knight Mertz and project managers Nüssli.

The 12,000 capacity temporary arena will host the basketball preliminaries competition and the Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby competitions.

Chief adviser on architecture and urbanism to the ODA, Ricky Burdett, said: ‘Temporary structures of the scale and impact of the Basketball Arena need to be designed with elegance, simplicity and intelligence.

‘The design team were selected for their ability to integrate structural integrity with architectural expression, backed up with experience, capacity, creativity and a deep understanding of the complex brief.

The procurement of a construction contractor will begin in early 2008 with construction due to complete in 2011 ahead of test events.

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