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2012 Legacy

Olympic Legacy or 'Emperors New Clothes' ?

David Mackay, architect for Barcelona's Olympic Village and Port and co-author of the pre-Olympic masterplan for the Lower Lea Valley doubts the lasting benefits of London's Olympic development.

South of the Hackney Marsh in the Lea Valley Regional Park, today are the local recreation grounds, Lea Valley Sports Centre and Cycle circuit, Sports grounds and other open spaces. Until now Regional Parks were protected by law from encroaching constructions.


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Richard Rogers boycott threat

Richard Rogers, one of Britain's most distinguished architects and head of the Mayor of London's urbanism and architecture unit, has threatened to boycott the London 2012 Olympics in protest at the ways in which building contracts are being awarded. And rightly so.


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Leyton Orient interested in stadium legacy

The long-term future of London's 2012 Olympics stadium took a novel twist on Wednesday when third division football club Leyton Orient emerged as candidates to move in after the Games.

With London 2012 organisers sticking to their promise that the showpiece stadium would be retained as a track and field facility after the Games, Orient's chairman Barry Hearn said his club would be the most suitable occupants. Plans are for the 80,000-seater stadium to be re-configured to a 25,000-seater with the running track retained, a scenario that would not suit the likes of Premier League West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.


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Children's lottery funding raided to fund 2012 Olympics

Children's sport is to lose out as clubs across the UK are denied £340 million of lottery grants to divert funds to the Olympics. The money, normally destined for thousands of small organisations, will instead be used to pay for 2012 projects, including a velodrome and an aquatic centre with two swimming pools and a diving pool.


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Getting a LEGI-up

A joint bid for £70million is being made by Greenwich and the other London Olympics boroughs to ensure long-term benefits for businesses.


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