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LOCOG picks up Forgotten Spaces entry

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The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is set to carry out a feasibility survey of Artillery’s shortlisted entry ‘Plinth’

Speaking at last night’s launch ceremony at the National Theatre, RIBA chief executive Harry Rich said: ‘We will look forward to seeing a built piece of work in the very near future’.

Artillery’s Plinth, shortlisted in RIBA London’s Forgotten Spaces exhibition, proposes to create a raised sculpture park on a railway viaduct in Pinchin Street, Tower Hamlets.

Damien Cranny, associate at Artillery, said: ‘There is a possibility of taking this project forward.’

‘The interest was surprising and very pleasing’

Damien Cranny, associate at Artillery Architects

‘Talks with LOCOG were positive and their interest was surprising and very pleasing,’ he said.

In the design, scrubland on the upper level of the viaduct would become a sculpture park whilst bricked-up arches underneath would be re-opened as galleries and venues for educational seminars.

A new lift would connect the two levels and provide access for the disabled.

www.artillery.co.uk

Forgotten Spaces: All 20 shortlisted entries feature in a public exhibition at the National Theatre until 4 July www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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