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Allies and Morrison wins approval for Olympic equestrian arena

Allies and Morrison has won planning permission for its 2012 Olympics equestrian arena at Greenwich

The 23,000-seat temporary stadium will be constructed in Greenwich Park, and will feature spectator stands, stables, training and warm up areas, a veterinary centre and media centre.

London 2012 chair Lord Coe promised the park, part of the Greenwich world heritage site, would be restored after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As part of the planning process 3,000 trees were surveyed to understand how best to protect them and their roots.

Earlier this month CBE praised the scheme’s design claiming the proposals ’ would create a spectacular venue for equestrian events’.

Previous story (AJ 02.03.10)

CABE applauds equestrian centre plans

The government’s design watchdog has praised Allies and Morrison’s proposed temporary equestrian arena in Greenwich for the London 2012 Olympics

CABE’s design review panel said the scheme ‘would create a spectacular venue for equestrian events ’ and welcomed ‘emerging design thinking about revealing the open latticework structure of the arena’.

The 23,000-seat arena and supporting facilities will sit on Greenwich Park, south London next to the National Maritime Museum and features a managed pedestrian crossing on Romney Way.

However, the commission did raise some minor concerns about eye-level views and the possible distraction of ‘flapping banners’ at the front of the stands.

The report reads: ‘think it will be essential that the design of the super risers at the front of the stands is kept clear of moving advertising or flapping canvas banners. This will be important in ensuring that nothing distracts spectators or TV viewers from the equestrian event.’

Intriguingly CABE has also recommended the design team looks at creating a ‘a horse sculpture to be used by children, as a marker of Britain’s greatest equestrian event’.

The scheme, which will also host the modern pentathlon, has not yet gone before Greenwich Borough Council’s planning committee.

Click here to read the full design review.

To see all the planning documents click here.

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