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Document reveals jury's concerns with Zaha's Aquatics Centre

Potential problems with the roof of Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games were spotted by the original competition jury back in 2004.

In a revealing document released by contest organiser the London Development Agency, the judges admitted there had been ‘clear technical and organisational issues’ and a ‘maintenance concern over the timber ceiling in [the] aggressive pool hall environment’.

Hadid’s winning design has subsequently been scaled back and costs have risen from an initial figure of £73 million to closer to £300 million.

Intriguingly the judges’ report – made public following a Freedom of Information bid by the Guardian – also offers interesting insights into why the other shortlisted entries were rejected by the jury which was co-chaired by Richard Rogers.

These include Massimiliano Fuksas’ ‘very sexy’ but unworkable ‘piece of sculpture; Dominique Perrault’s ‘thought provoking but out of scale piece of city’; Bennetts Associates’ unimpressive but functional entry; Behnisch, Behnish + Partners’ scheme, ranked a ‘distant third’; and FaulknerBrowns:make’s technically astute but ‘confused in legacy’ mode proposals.

Click here to read the document in full.

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