Sir Robert McAlpine and Buro Happold have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), to build the Olympic stadium.
The team, along with architects HOK Sport Ltd have a strong track record in building stadia, winning the contract to build the much admired Emirates stadium.The brief is for an 80,000 seat Stadium to host track and field events and the opening and closing ceremonies for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.After the Games, the stadium will reduce to 25,000 seats. HOK Sport designed the stadium at the Sydney Olympic games in 2000, which reduced from 110,000 to 80,000 seats after the games.David Higgins, Chief Executive of the ODA said, 'This is an important step forward in the delivery of the flagship venue for the Olympic Park for Games and for legacy.'The Olympic Stadium is a highly complex engineering challenge with its mix of temporary and permanent seating. The project is on schedule to start construction next summer.'I have every confidence that the designs we unveil later this year will be a worthy stage for the 2012 Games. Team Stadium is a world class consortium and we will now be working even more closely together as they co-locate with us at Canary Wharf,' he said.'Team Stadium' will be led by project director Tony Aikenhead. Olympics minister Tessa Jowell said, 'This is another significant milestone accomplished for London 2012. The Olympic Stadium will be the iconic centrepiece of the Olympic Park and serve as a model and an inspiration - highlighting our commitment to good design, sporting excellence and a sustainable legacy.