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Olympic cycle park design competition launched

A design competition for the London 2012 VeloPark was launched by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) yesterday.
The VeloPark will be based in the north of the Olympic Park and consist of a Velodrome to host indoor track cycling events and a BMX circuit.After the Games the BMX circuit will be relocated and a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course added to the site.The ODA is looking for design teams to express their interest in the project, with a shortlist of bidders to be published in April.ODA chief executive David Higgins said: 'The VeloPark is one of the big 'big five' showpiece permanent venues planned for the Olympic Park. After the Games it will provide a lasting legacy of brand new cycling facilities for all ages and abilities.'The design team competition will ensure that we continue to aim for the highest standards of design excellence across the project. We will be challenging designers to create a venue fit to stage the Games, while also providing a landmark building for future generations to enjoy.' The chosen design team is expected to be announced in the summer. There will then be a 10 months' outline design phase followed by nine months of detailed design development, before construction work starts in the spring of 2009.The VeloPark must be completed in time for test events to take place in the summer of 2011.

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