Archive | April, 2009

Russell a victim of ODA/LDA’s Legacy tensions?

The behind-the-scenes wrangling over the Legacy aspect of the development of the venues at the 2012 Games has claimed its first high-profile victim. Tom Russell, the London Development Agency’s group director of Olympic Legacy, has left after just over a year in the role. He is quoted in the Standard as saying he is “disappointed” […]

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Come friendly bombs to Hackney Wick

Workers on the Hackney Wick part of the Olympics site downed tools on Monday and fled for several hours.They weren’t however hot footing it in response to the kerfuffle about the ODA’s “extremely weak” designs for the site’s 2012 media centre (CABE’s words by the way, not mine).They disappeared because what looked like another unexploded […]

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CABE draws media centre battle lines

CABE has come out against the ODA’s scaled back ambitions for the media centre, describing them as “extremely weak”. See my EGi News story here for the comments of its 2012 design panel. The full statement can be read on CABE’s website here. It’s an important move as their ought to be open debate over whether […]

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Mayor’s Skylon plans have lift off

A number of interesting ideas emerged during my visit to the Stratford site last week, where I met urban design experts Paul Finch and Frank Duffy and Westfield’s development director Simon Cochrane.Most interesting was probably news revealed by EGi that the mayor and the ODA want to see a major 60th anniversary of The Festival […]

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IOC set for more innovative news

The IOC has been suitably impressed with progress on the Olympics site this week and, having walked around the site myself on Monday, it is clear that they have every right to be. There is plenty going on at the site that is for sure. This Saturday’s Estates Gazette features a three-page interview I have […]

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EIB’s Olympics loan questioned in Commons

The fall out from news that the government has secured a £255m loan from EU state lending arm the European Investment Bank – first revealed by EGi back at the beginning of April – has continued with Olympics minister Tessa Jowell on the end of a Commons grilling from her shadow on the Tory side […]

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Olympics site tour – John Lewis wisely keeping options open

Just got back from a site tour of the Olympics Park and Stratford City with Westfield and DEGW’s Frank Duffy and CABE deputy chair Paul Finch, both of whom are advising on design for the entire site. Buildings are flying up at a startling rate and it is all pretty impressive, so the IOC ought to […]

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Speed of the essence as IOC arrives

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspection team is in town on a three-day visit next week to monitor the London 2012 developments. Not a surprise then that the ODA has send out a press release revealing that work on the foundations of the London 2012 media centre has started over a month early. I will […]

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Is media centre being compromised too much?

Interesting Regeneration & Renewal interview with Peter Welton this week, the former Anglican priest who, in his role as executive director of the East London Business Alliance‘s (Elba) London 2012 legacy group, is trying to galvanise business interest post-Olympic Games in Hackney Wick’s media centre. While Welton is upbeat about “serious” interest from equally “serious” […]

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EG Olympics story on funding sparks large response

Talking of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and lending millions to the Olympics I notice much of the media has followed my Olympics story last week on EGi  and in Estates Gazette on the EIB approving a £255m loan for the affordable housing at the Olympics Village. I’ve included a smattering of the best beneath, […]

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