Lord Norman Makes It To the Finals of “Who Wants A Multi-Million Dollar Contract?”


If you’re anything like us, you’re holding your collective breaths to see who gets to design the big new Olympic stadium in London, because the whole thing is really just around the corner. Well, actually, still more than half a decade, so maybe we better rethink the breath-holding thing, but still, they’re going to have to start laying some official plans out soon and now, according to the Sunday Times, they’ve rolled out their shortlist with the three finalists, including the newest addition:

Lord Norman Foster, the architect who designed the new Wembley stadium, will this week be announced as one of the bidders shortlisted to design the Olympic stadium for 2012. Foster, whose other projects include the “gherkin” skyscraper in the City of London and the Millennium Bridge, is in a consortium with URS, the engineering design company, to design the 80,000-seat stadium.

Sir Robert McAlpine, the construction company that is in a rival consortium with HOK, the architects, is also expected to be shortlisted. McAlpine and HOK built and designed Arsenal’s $357 million Emirates stadium in north London.