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Changes to 2012 Olympic Park revealed

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Olympic organisers have announced updated plans for the London 2012 Olympic Park, designed by Edaw, Allies and Morrison, Foreign Office Architects and HOK Sport.

The Olympic Delivery Agency (ODA) claimed yesterday that the changes would 'optimise the layout of the facilities and enhance legacy benefits'.

The major changes include:

Integrating the Olympic Village, the site of the athletes' accommodation and legacy housing, more fully with the Stratford City Development;

Moving the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre from their proposed location in Pudding Mill Lane into the Park security cordon; and

Releasing the majority of an area called Fish Island, which was previously earmarked for temporary car and coach parking, and resiting most of the car and coach park on the Stratford City site.

Announcing the updated plans, David Higgins, chief executive designate of the ODA, said the revised plans would 'improve the quality and security of the Olympic Park site, as well as construction times.

'Having the best possible design plan in place for the Olympic Park is an important part of preparations for the crucial construction phase of the London Games,' he said.

'The integration of the Olympic Park and Stratford City projects has always been a key factor in our respective abilities to deliver both of these schemes successfully,' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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