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Olympic authority launches lift design competition for Zaha pool

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The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has launched an unusual competition to design an ‘innovative’ swimming pool lift to improve access for disabled swimmers

The ODA is seeking an ‘alternative and affordable’ lift to those currently available in the market for disabled swimmers using the two 50m pools in the Zaha Hadid-designed 2012 Aquatics Centre after the London Games.

According to the authority, current solutions either prevent a full swimming lane being used for competitions or do not enable disabled swimmers to enter the pool independently or with minimal assistance.

The ODA will invite a small number of companies to submit initial concepts, which will be evaluated by a design panel, which will shortlist designers to develop their proposals in more detail.  

John Armitt, ODA Chairman said: ‘This is an opportunity for London 2012 to provide the UK design industry with another platform to demonstrate their creativity. It is a challenging brief but I’m confident the UK has the expertise to develop an innovative solution that could potentially benefit disabled swimmers across the world.’

Designers can register their interest in the competition for an ‘Accessible Pool Platform’ at CompeteFor through the London 2012 Business Network.

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