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London giant goalposts plan dropped

A competition-winning scheme to build a giant 60m-tall, goalpost-like structure at Aldgate, east London for the 2012 Olympics Games has been ditched

The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, which ran a contest with the Architecture Foundation to design the new landmark last year, has been unable to raise the £800,000 ‘in the time available’ to fund the scheme.

The London Gate proposal by Rotterdam-based Donis would have sat on a traffic island site in Aldgate at the start of the so-called High Street 2012 throughout the Games.

Peter Murray, a court assistant of the Chartered Architects’ Company and chairman of New London Architecture said: ‘The Donis design will not now be happening.

‘Although simple in form it is complex in its engineering and the additional time required to deal with its impact on the archaeology of the site means we wouldn’t have it completed by the Olympics.’

He added: ‘We are investigating a more modest proposal that would mark the location of the old Aldgate and the start of High Street 2012 but would not require major foundation works.’

The five shortlisted schemes in the contest were:

  • ‘London Gate’ by DONIS (Netherlands)
  • ‘The Listening Posts’ by Foster Lomas (UK)
  • ‘Aldgate to the World’ by Juan Alfonso Galan Arquitecto (UK)
  • ‘Ceci n’est pas une maison’ by NORMAL (Canada)
  • ‘Vertical Forest’ by Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan)

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