Architect formerly known as HOK Sport joins forces with Allies and Morrison and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to design temporary features for 2012 London Games

A consortium led by Populous, the architect formerly known as HOK Sport, has won a contract to carry out “overlay work” for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Populous, which has joined forces with Allies & Morrison and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, said it would be recruiting up to 20 architects in its London office to help deliver the project.

The team will work with London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games to design a variety of overlay to 36 existing and new built Olympic venues during Games time. According to Populous senior principal Jerry Anderson overlay includes the design of tents, cabins, temporary stands and seating areas to support the Games’ main venues. The architects will work with multidisclipinary consultant Atkins, which will act as the engineering design services provider.

Anderson said: “Functional as they may seem, we feel we can really push the envelope with these venues and take it to a whole new level.”