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Barr to build 2012 basketball arena

Glasgow-based Barr has been chosen by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to build the 2012 Basketball arena.

During the Olympic Games the temporary Arena will have 12,000 seats for the Basketball preliminaries and quarter-finals, as well as the Handball semi-finals and finals. During the Paralympic Games it will have a capacity of 10,000 seats for Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby. 

The structure will also house the athletes before they make their way down to the stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Arena will be the largest temporary venue built for any Games. There is no legacy requirement for the basketball arena as the Handball Arena will be turned into a multi-purpose sports centre. The contractor will therefore own the Basketball Arena structure, and the ODA will ‘rent’ it from them for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Afterwards, the contractor will dismantle it and remove it from site, significantly reducing the overall cost for the construction of the arena compared to making the arena a permanent venue.

Minister for the Olympics Tessa Jowell said: “This contract is yet another excellent example of how the benefits of the Games are spreading way beyond London.  Just as Scottish athletes like Chris Hoy are a key part of Team GB, Scottish businesses like Barr Construction are playing a key role in building the Olympic Park.”

ODA Chairman John Armitt added: “We want to work with the best in British businesses to deliver the venues, and companies of all sizes. The Basketball Arena is a significant venue for us as it will be the third largest venue on the Park, and will be the largest temporary structure ever built for an Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“I’m delighted that another contract has been awarded to a Scottish company, demonstrating that the Games are benefitting the whole nation.”

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