The London 2012 main stadium will be built by the Arsenal Emirates stadium team of Sir Robert McAlpine, Buro Happold and HOK Sport, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) confirmed today.
The ODA dispensed with the formality of announcing a shortlist after a shortage of contractors willing to build the stadium meant they received just one bid that met all their criteria.As predicted by NCE, the dearth of credible bids left the Emirates as the runaway favourite to build the 80,000 capacity stadium (NCE 7 September).ODA chief executive David Higgins said: 'We are entering negotiations with a world class consortium in Team McAlpine and I am confident these will conclude successfully in the New Year. '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.'The brief for the stadium is to create an 80,000 seat stadium to host track and field events and the opening and closing ceremonies for the Games. After the Games it will reduce in size to 25,000 to host a variety of sporting, cultural and community events.In London's bid to win the 2012 Olympics, the stadium was budgeted at £242M.