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London 2012 has issued tender notices for the event's temporary basketball arena and also to design mascots for the Games.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has issued a contract notice for the construction of the temporary basketball arena for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Instead of a traditional design and build package as used on other London 2012 venues, the ODA will procure suppliers and project manage construction of the temporary arena itself. The works out to tender include the design, construction and removal of the temporary structural frame and cladding. The groundworks, services, seating and other elements of the building are not included. It was revealed earlier in October that the ODA has been forced to act as main contractor on four key temporary venues after contractors shunned the opportunity to build the structures. The ODA will begin issuing pre–qualification questionnaires for the civils packages in the final quarter of 2008. The 12, 000 seat basketball venue is being designed by a joint venture of SKM and Wilkinson Eyre architects. Meanwhile, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has begun the process of creating mascots for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012 by inviting the creative industry to register interest in designing what will become some of the key visual icons of the London Games. The mascots will be brought to life in many different ways, including in toy form, on clothing, in film and animation, on the gaming and digital platforms and in physical form. London's design will reflect the 'best of British' and reflect the London 2012 brand–ambitious, bold and creative.

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