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‘New vision’ needed for the Olympic legacy, says Rogers

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Richard Rogers has warned that the Olympic legacy could be wasted if a new vision for the site and the surrounding Lower Lea Valley in London does not emerge soon

Speaking at a meeting of crossbench peers at the House of Lords this week, Rogers said: ‘I’m concerned about the overall strategy [to the Olympic legacy]. In the Thames Gateway we have seen the opportunity lost because of an appalling standard of buildings. We need a vision [for the Lea Valley], because this will be here for hundreds of years.’

Baroness Ford, appointed in April as chair of the 2012 legacy delivery company, admitted that her powers beyond the Olympic park were limited. ‘There’s a red line around the park, but I’ve never been one to observe red lines,’ she said. She also suggested that a new version of the legacy masterplan would be drawn up, and that the current version, by EDAW, Allies and Morrison and KCAP, ‘was by no means the finished article.’ She added that if the process took an extra six months, it would be worth it.

The meeting brought together a high-level group to discuss concerns that the legacy lacked strategic thinking. The launch of an All Party Parliamentary Group of Urban Regeneration, Sport and Culture was announced, which will look at the legacy of events such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the European Cultural Capital.

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