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Wembley tells Foster: make plans 'more distinctive'

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The Wembley National Stadium company has told Foster and Partners to make its plans for the new £475 million stadium 'more distinctive' before it submits the scheme for planning permission in less than a fortnight's time.

Wembley's head of communications Chris Palmer said the architects are working on the scheme after criticism that the project, which features four 130m tall masts, too much resembles the Stade de France in Paris and the Millennium Dome. He rejected press speculation, however, that the architect is to replace the feature with two 200m masts since the four are there for engineering reasons. They may be adapted, however.

Wembley aims to submit a planning application for a 90,000 seat football stadium, convertible to a 67,500 seat athletics arena through using a deck feature, on 15 November. The stadium could form part of an Olympic bid, or the British Olympic Association could opt to build a new stadium in the Lea Valley for an East London bid.

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