Olympic venue bidding opens

Bidding has opened for two of the future Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park venues.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company
(OPLC)
   has opened a formal
expressions of interest (EOI) process for operating the Aquatics Centre and the
Multi-Use Arena after the Games.

The Aquatics Centre will offer two 50m pools and a
diving pool, together with permanent seating for 2,500 people which can be
extended to 3,500. It is expected to attract up to 800,000 people a year.

The Multi-Use Arena will be the third largest arena in
London,
providing a range of sporting, entertainment, cultural, community and business
events. Some of its 7,500 seats are retractable to extend the field of play.
There is also the potential for a health and fitness
centre.

The operators will be appointed by January 2012 so they
can work with the building’s Games-time operations and manage their Games and
post-Games fit out. It is anticipated that the contracts will run for 10 years.

Organisations will also have the opportunity to bid for
contracts to maintain the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Estates facility
management services including park maintenance, horticultural, waste management
and security are also being put out for EOI.

OPLC’s Chief Executive Andrew Altman said: “The Aquatics
Centre and the Multi-Use Arena will be core to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,
with families, community groups and athletes taking part in sport and
entertainment events under the same roof.

“They will be real community assets and we are looking
for the right operators who can bring people together and improve health,
education and lifelong participation in sport,” he added.

Interested parties have until Wednesday 23 March 2011 to
make a formal bid for the venues.

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Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

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