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UK architects win Rio 2016 work

Two UK architects have won contracts to help design venues for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

London-based AndArchitects has teamed up with Rio firm Lopes, Santos & Ferreira Gomes under a deal to provide designs for the Handball Arena, while 3DReid, who worked on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, have secured a position on the team delivering Rio’s Olympic Velodrome.

They will work with local practice BLAC Architects as specialist venue consultant, advising local designers on the design development and delivery of the Velodrome.

Aecom was awarded the deal to provide the masterplan (see picture) for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2011.

Trade and investment minister Lord Green said: “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. UK firms are taking the initiative and thinking long-term by linking up with Brazilian companies, which is vital to winning contracts for Rio.

“I congratulate both architecture firms on securing these deals. There are still many opportunities out there for UK companies to win business for Rio, new tenders are opening up all the time. UKTI in London and Rio stand ready to facilitate this and help more UK firms win business for the next Games.”

AndArchitects managing director Manuel Nogueira said: “We are delighted to be working in Brazil for Rio 2016 Games. We hope to use the expertise gained working on six temporary building projects for London 2012 to the team in Rio.”

Gordon McGhie, adviser to the Rio team at 3DReid said: “To play a part in the 2016 Olympics, so soon after completing the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in our home city, is just fantastic. Rio promises to be an amazing show and it needs to be as London 2012 raised the bar so high. We’re delighted to be a part of it and look forward to building on our partnerships with the Brazilians. It represents a great opportunity for UK consultants and contractors.”

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