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Mayor unmoved on HOK hospital

London's mayor Ken Livingstone has warned that recent changes to HOK's highly controversial plans for the new Royal London Hospital in east London have not been enough to ease his concerns.

Livingstone has issued a strongly worded statement indicating that unless there are yet more alterations to the PFI proposals, he will still be minded to direct refusal against the project.

This move comes as the scheme appeared to be back on track, following a CABE decision to give the hospital its qualified support (AJ 4.11.04).

However, in a letter to Tower Hamlets council, Livingstone said: 'The redevelopment of the Royal London Hospital would be one of the largest public-sector building projects in the UK.

It is vital that we get this right.' 'But the overall design would still blight rather than improve the local townscape, and this is unacceptable in a landmark that we would expect to stand more than a century from now, ' he added.

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