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Hodder hits back in Hackney row

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Stephen Hodder has expressed dismay at Hackney's handling of the problems with his Clissold Leisure Centre, as the borough prepared to make public a report into the cause of the problems.

The borough's lawyers were finalising their response to the report, produced by another architect, as the AJ went to press. It is expected to include an explanation of the technical faults that have plagued the project, believed to include cracking walls and leaking roofs.

Even before it opened the building had suffered from cost overruns and a 12 month delay, and as a result Hackney is currently pursuing a case against Hodder through the High Court.

But Hodder this week condemned Hackney's management of the technical issues as 'very strange'.

'They've never contacted us about it, ' he told the AJ. 'The first I heard of the problems was when I was contacted by journalists. They want to deal with this in a very public way.Why they just haven't got these problems solved I don't know. It's in everyone's interest that they are resolved.'

And he added: 'Obviously, I've got to take legal advice on the best way to deal with it.'

However, a spokeswoman for the council said it was not prepared to enter into dialogue with Hodder while the legal case was pending.

'We've are not prepared to compromise our legal position by contacting the architect', she said.

This initial report will be followed by 'a more detailed piece of work' on how to resolve the problems, she said.

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