David Chipperfield, David Morley and Flacq make shortlist of eight but Fosters, Make and Marks Barfield miss out

Big name architects including Foster and Partners, Make Architects and Marks Barfield have missed out on the chance to design the velopark for the 2012 Olympics.

The Olympic Delivery Authority today announced an eight-strong shortlist for the only design-lead major scheme for the London games. The distinguished shortlist includes relatively new practice, Flacq, which was established by graduates of Richard Rogers office in spring 2005.

The eight shortlisted designers are:

  • David Chipperfield
  • David Morley Architects
  • Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Faulkner Browns with Heatherwick Studio
  • Foreign Office Architects
  • Hopkins Architects with Sanda Douma Associates
  • Wilkinson Eyre
The teams will now be asked to put forward concept designs for the velopark both for the Games and for their legacy, to be assessed in late June.

The velodrome will be procured separately from the velopark, as a design-and-build contract. An ODA spokesperson told Building: “The design team will draw up plans for the whole velopark, then half the team will be novated across to work with the design-and-build contractor for the velodrome, while the other half will continue work on the legacy mode.”

The concept designs will be assessed by a design jury including Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy, Sir Nicholas Serota, president elect of RIBA Sunand Prasad ODA principal design advisor Ricky Burdett.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said: “This shortlist includes some of the world’s best design teams. With Chris Hoy on the design jury, sport is also right at the heart of the design process.”

The design team is expected to be appointed in the summer. There will then be around 10 months for the outline design phase, followed by nine months of detailed design development. Construction work is expected to start in the spring of 2009.