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Olympic park: No lights, no cameras, no action

Astragal hears TV companies are already turning their backs on the uninspiring International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) in the Olympic Park

Camera crews have reportedly been hunting for hi-rise flats on the fringes of the site for properties with better views of the games’ main venues than those offered from the four-storey IBC.

It seems Allies and Morrison, the original strategy architect, is also distancing itself from the structure, described as ‘extraordinarily banal’ by CABE. Step into the firing line delivery architects RPS Burks Green.

Meanwhile, the power of broadcasting and International Olympic Committee rules on lux levels mean that visitors to Hopkins’ RIBA Stirling Prize-shortlisted Velodrome will not be able to gawk at the way the building is cleverly naturally lit, as blackout blinds will cover all glazing.

However Astragal has heard some good news about the Pringle-shaped showstopper. After the Olympics, a wee children’s cycling track will be created inside the larger racing oval.

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