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'gherkin' Foster On Shortlist To Design Olympic Stadium


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LORD Norman Foster, the architect who designed the new Wembley stadium, will this week be announced as one of the bidders shortlisted to design the Olympic stadium for 2012.

Foster, whose other projects include the “gherkin” skyscraper in the City of London and the Millennium Bridge, is in a consortium with URS, the engineering design company, to design the 80,000-seat stadium.

Sir Robert McAlpine, the construction company that is in a rival consortium with HOK, the architects, is also expected to be shortlisted. McAlpine and HOK built and designed Arsenal’s £357m Emirates stadium in north London.

Despite Foster’s formidable reputation, McAlpine and HOK are expected to be favourites for the deal after winning plaudits for the Arsenal contract.

The Olympic Delivery Authority hoped to receive several bids to build the flagship stadium, but many construction companies are understood to have been deterred by the complexity of the brief and the adverse publicity surrounding the delayed completion of Wembley stadium.

The Olympics stadium must be capable of being transformed into a 25,000-seat athletics venue once the Games are over.

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Norman Foster is one of the most famous architects in the world and has designed some of the worlds most famous modern buildings....

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HSBC building, Hong Kong.

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Millennium Tower, Tokyo.

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Torre de Collserola, Barcelona.

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Carre d'Art, Nimes.

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Stansted Airport, England.

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Stanford University, US.

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City Hall, London.

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Gherkin, London.

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Millennium Bridge, London.

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Wembley Stadium, London.

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Great Court British Museum, London.

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Millau Viaduct, France.

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Valencia Conference Centre.

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Hong Kong International Airport.

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Reichstag, Berlin.

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Commerzbank Headquarters, Frankfurt.

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Supreme Court, Singapore.

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Hearst Headquarters, New York.

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Beijing Airport.

...and others including the new Repsol Headquarters in Madrid, one of the tower blocks at ground zero in New York and the National Arena of Scotland in Glasgow.

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So who would have the edge? The Lord or the Sir?

(BTW, what is the difference? I thought the Sirs sit in the House of Commons -- or is it the other way around? Where do Sirs Elton and Andrew Lloyd Webber sit -- well, aside from their private commodes at home?

Lord Webber I think, but Sir Elton.

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