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2012 Athletes' Village: more cutbacks

Penoyre & Prasad Architects’ proposed health centre for the London 2012 Olympics Athletes’ Village has been shelved.

The project is the latest in a line of Athletes’ Village schemes dropped due to funding difficulties, which have caused the number of housing units to be scaled back from 4,200 to 3,300.

Developer Lend Lease is struggling to raise its share of the £1 billion needed to fund the village due to the current global financial crisis, and, according to an insider, the healthcare facilities will now be housed in a ‘temporary building’ during the Games.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) claimed ‘no decision had been made’ on the ‘location and layout’ of the health centre.

However, the AJ was previously told by Lend Lease that Penoyre & Prasad’s building was to be situated opposite Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ proposed performing arts academy.

An ODA spokesman said: ‘We are continuing to review the scope of the Olympic Village to ensure we only build what is necessary for the Games.

‘Specialist healthcare facilities will be provided during the Games and the location and layout of these facilities are part of the ongoing review.’

It is understood permanent healthcare facilities will be provided at some stage as part of the Section 106 agreements.

Peter Welton, executive director of London Legacy 2020, said: ‘We certainly don’t want legacy options to be squeezed out due to the credit crunch. Our view is that people should be looking even more seriously at legacy in times like this.’

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