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Olympic team needs all the luck in the world


I am not surprised that the team commissioned to map out proposals for the London Olympics is having a hard time. After winning an international competition for the Lower Lea Valley, it took us three years to meet the requirements of all stakeholders, Newham Borough Council, various government departments, and the physical and economic conditions including dealing with the flood tides and contamination of the Lea itself. It is, however, pleasing to see that it is edging towards several solutions that we encountered on our own journey of the past few years. It would be nice if it and the press could acknowledge this.We have, of course, a 'copyright agreement' with Newham Borough Council, but have no intention of bringing anyone to court.

It is also regrettable that the competition process was not transparent and the non-architectural jury did not seem to be aware of the brief. We ourselves never expected to win (it would had been hard for the Catalans to accept a London-based office), but there were competitors who believed in the brief. There may, or may not, have been another agenda.

In any case, I wish the foreign teams involved the best of luck. They need it - it took us two years to prepare for the Barcelona Olympics bid and the Sydney Games legacy was not that brilliant. Perhaps because it had too many cooks.

David Mackay, MBM Arquitectes

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