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Seven firms fight it out for key Olympics site

Seven practices have been shortlisted to design a key cluster of venues and facilities in the Eton Manor section of East London's 2012 Olympic Park.

Adjaye/Associates, Bennetts Associates Architects, Opus International Consultants, S&P, Sport Concepts and Stanton Williams were all shortlisted, along with David Morley Architects.

It is the fifth time that London-based David Morley has been shortlisted for an Olympic project.

In a statement, the ODA pledged that Eton Manor, which lies in the north of the Olympic Park, will be 'transformed to provide a range of sporting facilities across the Olympic, Paralympic and legacy modes'.

In Olympic mode the site will provide temporary facilities for gymnastic and aquatic athlete training; in Paralympic mode it will host the archery and wheelchair tennis events and will include seating for 3,000 spectators.

In legacy mode the site will be home to a hockey centre, tennis courts and other multi-purpose sports facilities.

David Higgins, chief executive of the ODA, said: 'Design excellence will play a key role in the regeneration of Eton Manor so the announcement of such a high-quality shortlist of design teams is an important step forwards.'

Source: The Architects' Journal