Design-build win on Olympic job

Team McAlpine start talks with Olympic Development Authority to develop main stadium for London Games in

A consortium led by UK contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine, is to begin negotiations with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) over the design and construction of the main stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Team McAlpine includes Kansas City-based sports and design architect, HOK Sport, UK structural engineer, Buro Happold, and US services engineer, M-E Engineering.

The consortium will design and build the 80,000-seat stadium in East London.

After the games, the stadium will reduce in size, but retain its capacity to host a variety of sporting, cultural and community events.

The project is likely to cost between US $556 million (£300 million) and $741 million.

ODA, which is responsible for ensuring the completion of new venues and infrastructure for the London Games, has chosen the consortium as the sole partner for the main stadium.

In parallel with commercial negotiations, design proposals for the stadium will be developed by Team McAlpine and will be unveiled early next year.

David Higgins, chief executive of the ODA, said: “We are entering negotiations with a world class consortium in Team McAlpine and I am confident they will conclude successfully in the New Year.

The Olympic Stadium will be the centerpiece of the Olympic Park and we will deliver an outstanding venue for the Games.”

He added: “As you would expect, we have robust contingency plans in place should negotiations with Team McAlpine not conclude.

We will also be putting in place appropriate cost controls to ensure that budgets are managed properly and that value for money is achieved.”

Team McAlpine built the Telstra Stadium, the main stadium for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, London’s ExCel Exhibition Centre, which will be used for the 2012 Olympics, and Arsenal’s new 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium.

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