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The BBC's Red Button today is showing highlights from the 1982, 1989, and 1993 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Watching the 1982 race now on the track that's being demolished to make way for the Rio Olympic Park.

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1993 Brazilian GP, victory lap is one of the most magical moments in the history of F1

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No, workers have been playing soccer and drinking coconut water instead of working... ;)

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Nice. How do I apply?

Just go there and join the party, don't forget to bring some beer. ;)

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UK firms win Rio 2016 Olympic contracts

Two UK architecture firms have won contracts to assist with venue designs for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

It came as a trade mission headed by Lord Sebastian Coe visited Rio with UK companies.

Firm And Architects is teaming up with a Rio-based firm that has won a contract to design the handball arena.

And 3D Reid, which worked on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games velodrome, has secured a position on the team delivering Rio's velodrome.

It will work with local practice BLAC Architects as specialist venue consultants, advising local designers on the design development and delivery of the Olympic velodrome.

The contracts follow a major initiative last summer during the London 2012 Olympic Games to try to win contracts for UK firms around the 2016 Olympic Games and 2018 football World Cup in Russia.

It was hoped that the expertise gained in putting on the London event would give UK firms an edge in winning sport business contracts in the future.

"We showed the world what we can do in London 2012 - now is the time to capitalise on this great success and the expertise so many British companies demonstrated in delivering the Games," said Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green.

"UK firms are taking the initiative and thinking long-term by linking up with Brazilian companies, which is vital to winning contracts for Rio.

"There are still many opportunities out there for UK companies to win business for Rio, new tenders are opening up all the time."

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UK firms win Rio 2016 Olympic contracts

Two UK architecture firms have won contracts to assist with venue designs for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

It came as a trade mission headed by Lord Sebastian Coe visited Rio with UK companies.

Firm And Architects is teaming up with a Rio-based firm that has won a contract to design the handball arena.

And 3D Reid, which worked on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games velodrome, has secured a position on the team delivering Rio's velodrome.

It will work with local practice BLAC Architects as specialist venue consultants, advising local designers on the design development and delivery of the Olympic velodrome.

The contracts follow a major initiative last summer during the London 2012 Olympic Games to try to win contracts for UK firms around the 2016 Olympic Games and 2018 football World Cup in Russia.

It was hoped that the expertise gained in putting on the London event would give UK firms an edge in winning sport business contracts in the future.

"We showed the world what we can do in London 2012 - now is the time to capitalise on this great success and the expertise so many British companies demonstrated in delivering the Games," said Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green.

"UK firms are taking the initiative and thinking long-term by linking up with Brazilian companies, which is vital to winning contracts for Rio.

"There are still many opportunities out there for UK companies to win business for Rio, new tenders are opening up all the time."

BBC

They're just now hiring firms to do venue designs? Isn't that a bit late?

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Possibly, but it sounds like they're being contracted to work alongside already chosen Brazilian design teams, so it might well be the case that the designs are well on their way but they need expertise in certain areas before they can be finalised. And a good way of getting that expertise is to grab firms who worked on the last Games.

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Construction of Sports Halls at Barra Olympic Park begins

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7/3/2013

After the Rio 2016™ Games, the venues will form part of Brazil’s first Olympic Training Centre, one of the event’s major sporting legacies

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 2 July, 2013: Construction of the three sports halls at the Rio 2016™ Games Barra Olympic Park started on Monday, 1 July, as scheduled. The venues, which are the first at the park to have the ground broken, will host basketball, taekwondo, Olympic and Paralympic judo, wrestling, wheelchair basketball, boccia, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair rugby.

Along with the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, the Velodrome and the Tennis Centre, the three halls after the Games will form part of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC), the first of its kind in Brazil. Aimed at elite athletes, the OTC will be one of the event’s major sporting legacies.

Construction works at the Barra Olympic Park started last July with the dismantling of the old race track’s structure and the clearing of the site. The first stage of building the Olympic Halls includes ground drilling and the application of concrete on foundation structures to support the facilities. The venues structure will start to be built before the end of the year.

A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the City Government and the Rio Mais Consortium will fund construction of the halls, the Main Press Centre (MPC), the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), a hotel and the infrastructure at the Olympic Village (which is being built nearby also in the Barra zone), in addition to construction and maintenance of the park’s infrastructure for 15 years.

The City Government will seek to obtain the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the construction of the halls as well as the other permanent venues at the park. This certification system was developed by the US Green Building Council organisation to verify environmental prerequisites on how buildings are designed, constructed and operated, and is aimed at reducing their environmental impact.

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I'm sure all will be done... 3 weeks before the opening ceremony

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Rio prefecture releases a new photo with projection of the Olympic Park

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Have I completely lost my sense of direction, or does the above photo show a significantly different layout from what's being portrayed on the Rio 2016 website?

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Hm. That's a lot to do in three years.

Since London released photo updates every few months, I always find it useful to compare how we were doing at a similar stage.

Given that Rio doesn't have a huge stadium build on their Olympic Park site, compare the smaller venues' progress, and you get a better idea. London's Velodrome started construction in March 2009, the handball arena in July 2009 looked like this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrenlewis/3740269254/) and the Aquatic Centre looked like this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shotbygrant/3710894962/)

As long as they've got a separate team of workers dedicated to each venue, there's no reason why more venues needs to equal more build time. Three years out is about right for starting these builds.

Have I completely lost my sense of direction, or does the above photo show a significantly different layout from what's being portrayed on the Rio 2016 website?

Looks like it, Maybe Danny can explain.

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They moved the field hockey venue out of the park because it didn't fit (nice planning on their part). And the tennis venue was moved to a different part of the park.

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I'm sure all will be done... 3 weeks before the opening ceremony

…..promise not to get all bent out of shape as we pick on each project and it’s progress…..it’s all in fun and we just wish we had a project in our back yard to worry about! and there is a LOT left to do, it's not ALL going to go smoothly and there is bound to be some major kerfuffle before the games begin, so let us have our fun as we pour over all Rio’s challenges.

p.s. your cauldron and look better be drop dead amazing………..i know your ceremony will be. (why am I worried about the look already) :wacko:

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You already know how the ceremony will be? Share with us!

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They moved the field hockey venue out of the park because it didn't fit (nice planning on their part). And the tennis venue was moved to a different part of the park.

Aha! Thanks.

Just so long as everybody catches up with the current version ...

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Looks like it, Maybe Danny can explain.

Already answered. :)

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Aecom bags more Rio 2016 work

Aecom has won more work on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro including a deal to design the main Olympic park’s infrastructure and landscaping.

The firm is already masterplanning the 121ha site along with Wilkinson Eyre and local firm DG Architecture having carried out a similar deal at the 2012 games.

The additional work at the Rio site also includes design development on seven of the park venues. The firm’s head of buildings and places Jason Prior said: “This is such a high profile and complex project. We are drawing on our experience from being masterplanners of the London Olympics to take the design of the Rio venues and park even further.”

Other British practices working on the scheme include 3DReid which is carrying out work on the city’s velodrome with another local practice BLAC Architects while And Architects has teamed up with Rio-based Lopes, Santos & Ferrara Gomes for work on the handball arena.

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/aecom-bags-more-rio-2016-work/5058281.article

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And that's how you design a very gay Olympic Park! Get it, Russians?

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And that's how you design a very gay Olympic Park! Get it, Russians?

hahahaha, because of the colors?

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