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Olympic parklands approved despite CABE criticism

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Designs for the new parklands surrounding the Olympic complex at Stratford in London have been approved by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) despite concerns from CABE

In a recent review, CABE declared itself broadly happy with ‘the planting and detailed landscape design’ being led by Hargreaves Associates, LDA Design and HOK. However, it said it was ‘disappointing that key aspects of the [main] stadium’s immediate setting remain unresolved’ and called on the ODA to run a separate competition involving young designers for this area.

CABE also called for more clarity from the organising committee on the long-term fate of green areas. There should be a further round of landscaping once this was resolved, it said.

The ODA said the newly-granted planning permission only related to the period during the games, but that the parkland was designed to make the transition period after the games as easy as possible.

Work will begin on the new 100ha park – the largest created in an urban part of the UK for 150 years – in the spring.

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