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CABE still 'not confident' over Olympic bridges

CABE has blasted the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) for a second time over the quality of the Olympic Park’s bridges.

Back in March, CABE claimed to have ‘grave concerns’ over the quality of the park’s 34 bridges, and has again stated that it ‘continues to have serious concerns’ about the bridges.

A report on Bridge H01, a road bridge to the north of the park, said: ‘We challenge the ODA’s practice of separating architecture and landscape from engineering and urge them to take steps to ensure all infrastructure elements are designed as a coherent whole.’

The review added that CABE was ‘not confident’ that the bridge would ‘successfully integrate’ with the surrounding landscape.

‘We therefore do not think that the planning condition in relation to the design of Bridge H01 should be discharged,’ the report stated.

It added: ‘We urge the ODA to require these significant details of the bridge designs as part of this planning application to ensure that the delivered bridges are distinctive places rather than generic infrastructure.’

An ODA spokesperson said: 'We are continuing to engage with CABE to address some of their concerns about Olympic Park bridges. The detailed architectural designs of the bridges will be submitted as part of the planning application in the coming months and we are very confident that they will be of high quality.'

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