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Revised velopark plans spark objections

British Cycling and Sport England have lodged joint objections to changes made to AECOM’s Olympic Park masterplan

The two key sports organisations have raised technical and design queries about the loop of the new cycle circuit, devised by lead architects AECOM.

The original masterplan - designed by a team of architects including EDAW, Buro Happold, Allies and Morrison and HOK Sport - positioned the cycle path so it crossed over the River Lea and cut through the parkland along the west riverbank. The path then looped back over the river from the park towards the velodrome, recently completed by Hopkins.

The new layout moves the main loop over to a spot along the north east of the Olympic Park near the BMX venue, and will encircle a 6.5km mountain bike trail.

The alterations, contained in two planning applications submitted by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), are designed to create an uninterrupted strip of parkland between the river and the new crescent-shaped residential development.

An OPLC spokesman said: ‘We are seeking planning consent for an alternative cycle circuit route in order to improve public access to one of the most picturesque parts of the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.’

AECOM’s design amendments will also allow future residents and visitors to walk along the riverside without having to pass through any tunnels.

Planning rules state any new route must cover the same distance, difficulty, rise and fall and be delivered to the same deadlines as originally earmarked. These criteria are all met by the new masterplan, and the OPLC are also bringing the estimated completion date forward to Autumn 2013.

The OPLC are arranging to meet with British Cycling and Sport England to attempt to resolve these issues.

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