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Aecom masterplan wins Rio 2016 Olympic games

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games will use Aecom’s Sports Group’s masterplan for stadia and other venues.

Following its successful London Olympics masterplan, Aecom’s vision for the future of Rio will make the design and planning firm the first to deliver two consecutive Olympic games, it said.

Aecom’s plan aims to create a new legacy district with new homes, jobs and places for leisure activities. The site is also set to become a global centre of sporting excellence, with a new Atlantica Forest park set in a thriving and beautiful waterfront.

“Working with our local Rio partner, DG Architecture, the designs grew from the idea of a new urban ecology deeply rooted in the culture of Brazil,” says Bill Hanway, project leader of Aecom’s Rio bid team. “One of our strengths is the ability to draw from our broad expertise in masterplanning, sports architecture and landscape architecture to deliver a unique and contextual solution for the specific challenges in Rio.”

In addition to Daniel Gusmao of DG Architecture, the team included Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Pujol Barcelona Architects, IMG Sports and Expedition.

“Congratulations to Aecom UK for winning the Olympic masterplan competition for Rio 2016,” said Nick Clegg, British deputy prime minister. “In June Aecom UK was part of my business delegation to Brazil where I launched a series of joint ventures between our two countries. As a result I look forward to hearing about more UK companies using their expertise to win business linked to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

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