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Hodder could face legal strife after breaking Clissold gagging order

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Hackney Council is understood to be considering legal action against Stephen Hodder after he broke a gagging order over the Clissold Leisure Centre debacle.

The Manchester architect discussed the affair on television on Monday evening despite being subject to the order, which stated that he was banned from talking about the project publicly.

The practitioner has been silent about the scheme since the conclusion of a legal dispute between himself and the council over the closure of the swimming pool and the wholesale repair work being undertaken.

The leisure centre ( pictured) has been subject to one of biggest legal rows in London's recent construction and architectural history after it closed in 2003, just a few months after being opened.

Hodder made an appearance on the BBC's Inside-Out Londonto discuss these problems on the project, which is still closed and is unlikely to reopen before mid-2007.

He said nothing controversial on the programme, but Hackney Council bosses are still furious that he broke the gagging order.

'Hodder is sailing extremely close to the wind,' a council source told the AJ. 'We are looking into whether we should take legal action over it.

'We are considering it because he broke the gagging order'.

by Ed Dorrell

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