Bids welcomed for the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Bidding has opened for the contract to operate Olympic
Park visitor attraction, the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company has launched a formal
expressions of interest
(EOI) process for the 114m tall venue which sits between the Olympic stadium and the
Aquatics Centre.

The chosen operator would run the venue on behalf of the
London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) during games-time.
After the games it would be
responsible for ticketing, marketing and events, hospitality and catering, the
gift shop, reception and internal security for the Legacy Company.

The Olympic
 Legacy Company’s Chief Executive, Andrew Altman, said: “The operator of the ArcelorMittal Orbit
will be in charge of running what we hope will be one of the world’s most
spectacular visitor attractions. Combining cutting-edge design with stunning
views of the London skyline, the sculpture could attract up
to 1m visitors in its
first year of operation, and will be an iconic symbol of future Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park.”

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is under construction and is due
to be constructed by early 2012. It will be licensed to LOCOG between May and
October 2012 before being reopened in May 2013 for the public.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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