The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) confirmed that six contractors will compete to design and build three footbridges in the north of the Park, while five firms have been shortlisted to deliver the main iconic footbridge in the centre of the Park, designed by Heneghan Peng Architects and structural engineer Adams Kara Taylor.
The contracts are two of seven packages covering structures, bridges and highways in the Olympic Park, four of which have already been let.
Referred to by the ODA as the Wetland Area Bridges package, the first contract for which the shortlist was announced today covers the construction of three footbridges in the north of the Olympic Park across the River Lea to provide crucial east–west links across the Park.
The footbridges will be permanent structures with temporary elements added for use during the Games to accommodate increased spectator numbers. The shortlisted teams are:
John Sisk & Son
Heneghan Peng/Adams Kara Taylor's Central Park bridge design comprises a footbridge on the central pedestrian concourse in the Olympic Park, spanning approximately 30m over the River Lea at a focal point between the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre. Contractors must build a single bridge structure that can be transformed after the Games to leave two footbridges.
The shortlisted teams are:
John Sisk and Son
ODA infrastructure director Simon Wright said: "The structures, bridges and highways project will be the key to joining the various parts of the Olympic Park jigsaw together, creating new connections across the Park and new links between local communities.
"The Wetlands bridges will provide important east-to-west links across the site and the Central Park bridge will be a striking structure in the heart of the Olympic Park. There has been a great deal of interest in these two projects and we are pleased to have such high quality shortlists competing to deliver these essential works."
The contract for the Wetland Area bridges will be awarded in Autumn 2008 with work due to start on site in early 2009. The Central Park bridge contract is expected to be awarded in late 2008 with work due to start on site in 2009.