ARUP'S KEY swimming pool designer has been snapped up by rival Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) just weeks ahead of the competition to build the London 2012 Aquatics centre later this month.
Former Arup associate director Andrew Woodhouse joined SKM two weeks ago to become the consultant's technical director.
He was part of the Arup team working with architect Zaha Hadid on early conceptual designs of the Olympic pool.
However, the project will now go out to tender again later this month as the Olympic Delivery Authority recruits a consultant to work on its detailed design.
SKM global business development manager Ian Thompson confirmed the company would be bidding for the Aquatics centre job.
'Andrew brings extensive experience, having worked on, among others, the Manchester Aquatics Centre for the Commonwealth Games in 2002,' said an SKM spokesman.
An Arup spokesman said: 'We have got a big team working on sport schemes and it's [Woodhouse's move] not something that will affect any of our projects.'