Populous and Egis celebrate Paris’ Olympics win

A team comprising the international architect Populous and French engineer Egis is celebrating Paris’ successful bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games because they helped develop the plans.

On 13 September the International Olympic Committee named the French capital as the host of the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Populous and Egis were chosen in 2016 to collaborate on the bid and provided the technical assistance required to develop plans for no fewer than 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues spread across the city.

Events will take place against the backdrop of Parisian landmarks such as the Champs Elysées, the Seine and the foot of the Eiffel Tower, where the beach volleyball will be held.

Populous and Egis worked in association with French firm ISC, a sport and culture consultant, to ensure that the venues are ready for the scale of Olympic and Paralympic events.

Founded in the US and with head offices in Kansas City, London and Brisbane, Populous has previously worked on 13 Olympic and seven Paralympic Games, including London 2012, Rio 2016 and Sydney 2000. For Paris 2024 it will work from its European base in London.

Egis has worked on several sports facilities including stadiums in Algeria, Morocco and Turkey.

Diogo Taddei, from Egis, who supervised the work of the consortium, said: "Our mission was to understand how each sport and discipline could best function in existing venues, new buildings when required as legacy and temporary modular sites, identifying the best option in each case.

"One of the biggest challenges was to transform illustrious Parisian monuments into sports venues, adapting them to the requirements of the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

Updated 4 October 2017 to correct our error in reporting that Populous and Egis had been selected to develop the venues for the games. At the time of reporting their involvement related to preparing the bid only, and it had not yet been decided who would carry out the work.

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