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CABE and Design for London back Olympic Park - but only with reservations

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CABE and Design for London (DfL) have given their broad support to the 2012 Olympic Park masterplan, but have highlighted areas which they deemed need 'further consideration'.

Although both bodies gave overall praise to the masterplan application, particularly in regards to the amount of thought and work behind it, they reiterated the importance of good design in the success of the 2012 Games and its legacy.

The main area highlighted in the review document is the International Broadcast and Main Press Centres, with the report querying the scale, orientation and layout of the centres.

The site, the report said, will be 'an important factor in the regeneration of Hackney Wick'. The document added: 'It is therefore fundamental that the parameters fixed in the current application take account of how these large development blocks will positively address and integrate with the existing community in the legacy.'

Pedestrian movement is also an area which both CABE and DfL believe needs more work, so that access during Games mode is optimised but walking distances in legacy mode are minimised.

CABE and DfL's comments on the park, designed by masterplanners EDAW, Allies and Morrison, Foreign Office Architects and HOK, were made before the formal planning application was submitted in February.

DfL director Peter Bishop said: 'The 2012 Olympics will be the biggest show on earth and a major showcase for London.

'It is absolutely vital that we get the best possible designs for buildings and public space on the Olympic Park. The signs so far are very positive and we will be working hard to ensure this continues.'

by Richard Vaughan

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