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Olympic venue builders urged to think like Hollywood

Firms wishing to build London 2012's temporary structures could team up with film studios and consider how the venues will look on camera, construction chiefs were told last week.
Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins and construction director Howard Shiplee told delegates at NCE's 'Games Briefing' conference in London last Wednesday that they should be focused on Games venues being theatres rather than construction projects.'The temporary venues will offer a real design challenge and firms have got to have an integrated approach with those that can bring other disciplines. Why not team up with Pinewood Studios and the makers of James Bond?' Shiplee said.'How do we give the venues the wow factor and then tear them down four weeks later,' Higgins said.Both the London 2012 main stadium and aquatics centre will see their seating capacities temporarily increased during the games. Higgins said that while the look of each venue's permanent structure was important, the aesthetics of the temporary structures could be managed by the media.'I went to the Atlanta Games where the Aquatics centre was entirely temporary,' he said. 'You can be really creative with camera angles and what the millions of people watching it on TV saw was an entirely different thing to what those of us actually there saw each night.'Shiplee acknowledged that safety would be a critical issue with temporary structures. 'The challenge for safety is the temporary nature of much of what is being done. Building temporary structures is like scaffolding. They are more dangerous than permanent structures to deal with.'Head of health and safety for temporary works temporary seating specialist SGB Neil Murray said: 'While most temporary seating is modular and fabricated off site it is important to get the temporary seating specialist working with the main contractor from the earliest stages.'Not only is this good for business but if there is early involvement then you get right first time not right on the seventh time.'

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