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CABE reveals its verdict on Olympic designs…

CABE has released it design-review comments on five of the most important projects for London’s 2012 Olympic Games.

Although ‘broadly encouraged’ by the progress on the stadium and Aquatic Centre, the commission’s panel has grave concerns about the procurement of the stadium bridges and Aquatic Centre bridges and how the projects ‘are being split up’.

CABE has also voiced concerns about the urban-design and landscape framework, which it criticses for being too inwardly focused and for not ‘fully addressing the likely role of surrounding areas in creating a successful transformation and legacy park.’

The commission goes on to say that, with the Olympic Delivery Authority having generally established a high level of design quality, it hopes the designs ‘do not get diluted – despite the cost and time pressures.’

Paul Finch, chair of the London 2012 design review panel, said: ‘The Olympic design process represents an extraordinary challenge both for the client and architecture and landscape design teams.

‘But it looks as though the London 2012 Olympic Games could become one of London’s greatest design success stories, especially now that planning for legacy is being taken forward by the London Development Agency, which will inherit the Olympic site.’

Read reviews of:
The Urban Design and Landscape Framework;
The Aquatic Centre;
The Aquatic Centre Bridges;
The Stadium Bridges; and
The Main Stadium layout and substructures.

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