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Still a runner

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Amid the shambles that is the Wembley Stadium story, one factor has remained constant . . . the design.

All the talk about whether or not athletics will be staged there is so much hot air. The fact is that the Foster/HOK design has always allowed for the possibility. The idea that today's politicians can second guess what their successors may wish to do in 10 or 15 years' time would be comic if it were not so irritating. The architects have got it right, and all power to their elbow, even if Ken Bates, the real driving force behind the scheme, has fallen on his sword. There is something about stadia that sends the media into the wrong sort of tizz. You would think by some of the coverage (not in the AJ, thankfully), that the new Arsenal stadium has been condemned, by CABE among others. It has not. The stadium is fine. It is the design for the environs which is poor. Happily, this is perfectly capable of resolution through more architectural thought.

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