By Daniel Hunter

Two UK architecture firms have won prestigious contracts to deliver venue designs for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The contract wins are announced as Lord Sebastian Coe leads a trade mission of UK companies to Brazil for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic 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.

3DReid, who worked on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, have secured a position on the team delivering Rio’s Olympic Velodrome.

They will work with local practice BLAC Architects as specialist venue consultants, advising local designers on the design development and delivery of the Velodrome.

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said: “We showed the world what we can do in London 2012 — now is the time to capitalise on this great success and the expertise so many British companies demonstrated in delivering the Games. UK firms are taking the initiative and thinking long-term by linking up with Brazilian companies, which is vital to winning contracts for Rio.

“I congratulate both architecture firms on securing these deals. There are still many opportunities out there for UK companies to win business for Rio, new tenders are opening up all the time. UKTI in London and Rio stand ready to facilitate this and help more UK firms win business for the next Games.”

Lord Sebastian Coe, Olympics Legacy Ambassador to the Prime Minister said: “The London 2012 Games were a fantastic celebration of sport which showed the best of Britain to the world.

“These memorable Games would not have been possible without the expertise of British business and it is great to hear that UK firms have won these prestigious projects. I hope that organisations up and down the country follow this example and use the positive impact generated by the Games to reach out to new markets and grow their businesses.”

Manuel Nogueira, Managing Director of AndArchitects said: “We are delighted to be working in Brazil for Rio 2016 Games. We hope to use the expertise gained working on six temporary building projects for London 2012 to the team in Rio.”

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 contractors."

These latest successes mean 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.

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