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Document reveals jury's concerns with Zaha's Aquatics Centre

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Potential problems with the roof of Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games were spotted by the original competition jury back in 2004.
In a revealing document released by contest organiser the London Development Agency, the judges admitted there had been ‘clear technical and organisational issues’ and a ‘maintenance concern over the timber ceiling in [the] aggressive pool hall environment’.

Hadid’s winning design has subsequently been scaled back and costs have risen from an initial figure of £73 million to closer to £300 million.

Intriguingly the judges’ report – made public following a Freedom of Information bid by the Guardian – also offers interesting insights into why the other shortlisted entries were rejected by the jury which was co-chaired by Richard Rogers.

These include Massimiliano Fuksas’ ‘very sexy’ but unworkable ‘piece of sculpture; Dominique Perrault’s ‘thought provoking but out of scale piece of city’; Bennetts Associates’ unimpressive but functional entry; Behnisch, Behnish + Partners’ scheme, ranked a ‘distant third’; and FaulknerBrowns:make’s technically astute but ‘confused in legacy’ mode proposals.

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