Three giants battle over London 2012 Aquatics Centre
Three world-class contractors are competing to build the Aquatics Centre that will be the gateway to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced that Balfour Beatty, Eiffel and Hochtief have been selected to take part in the next stage of the competition to win the construction contract. During the Games the Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics Centre, featuring a spectacular sweeping roof, will mark the entrance to the Olympic Park from Stratford. The Aquatics Centre will host Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo finals and elements of Modern Pentathlon. After the Games temporary seating will be removed, leaving in legacy a 2,500 capacity swimming venue that can be boosted to 3, 500 seats, and local community and school swimming facilities.
Eiffel, Balfour Beatty and Hochtief will now enter the competitive dialogue process and the ODA hopes to appoint the preferred contractor by the end of the year. The Aquatics Centre construction contract could potentially include further work in the surrounding zone, including a temporary water polo venue, landscaping and a permanent bridge and public plaza.
Work is well underway clearing and excavating the site before construction starts in 2008, with the venue ready for elite training and test events in 2011.
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