The Olympic Park Legacy Company is seeking bidders to operate the Aquatics Centre and the Multi-Use Arena after the 2012 Olympic 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 post-Games fit-out. It is anticipated that the contracts will run for ten years.
Organisations will also have the opportunity to bid for contracts to maintain the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Estates and Facilities Management Services including park maintenance, horticultural, waste management and security are also being put out for expressions of interest.
Andrew Altman, chief executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said:
“The Aquatics Centre and the Multi-Use Arena will be core to the future 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.”
Interested parties have until Wednesday 23 March 2011 to make a formal bid for the venues by completing a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and until Wednesday 2 March 2011 to make a formal bid on the Estates and Facilities Management Services.