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Rio employs sports venue specialists

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Gordon McGhie in front of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome


The handball arena and velodrome for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016 are to benefit from the sports venue design experience of two UK architecture firms. 3DReid will work with local practice BLAC Architects as specialist venue consultants, advising local designers on the design development and delivery of the velodrome.

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 contractor.

McGhie worked worked on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

AndArchitects are teaming up with Rio-based practice Lopes, Santos & Ferreira Gomes who have won a contract to provide designs for the handball arena.

“We hope to use the expertise gained working on six temporary building projects for London 2012 to the team in Rio,” said Manuel Nogueira, Managing Director of AndArchitects.

The UK government says that UK companies now have 30 contracts related to World Cup 2014 and Rio 2016 business in a variety of sectors. The deals follow two years of engagement by UKTI, working with the Brazilians to showcase UK businesses.