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I think they're very much settled in Manchester and have been for two decades. The programmes and personnel they've got up there have been yielding superb results. There's no point unsettling such a successful setup and nor would it be fair on Manchester which is the city that takes the credit for our cycling success in Beijing and London.

As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

And as the article says, given the huge demand that there'll be at the London velopark, it's a blessing in disguise that the London velodrome hasn't had to double as the national centre.

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I think they're very much settled in Manchester and have been for two decades. The programmes and personnel they've got up there have been yielding superb results. There's no point unsettling such a successful setup. As they say, if it ain't broke...

And as the article says, given the huge demand that there'll be at the London velopark, it's a blessing in disguise that the London velodrome hasn't had to double as the national centre.

True, but not denying the fact that our Velodrome has the better facilities/surroundings (Olympic Standard VS Commonwealth Standard).

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The Manchester velodrome is an Olympic-standard track.

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Six shortlisted in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park new homes development

12 March, 2014 |

Six developers have been shortlisted to deliver up to 1,500 new homes at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

The six developers were: Carillion-igloo and Genesis Housing Association, Grainger, Lend Lease, L&Q, Mace and Argent, Places for People and Balfour Beatty.

The six bidders will now outline their plans and will be narrowed down to a shortlisted three, with the final development partner announcement expected in autumn 2014.

The mayor of London and the London Legacy Development Corporation announced plans in July last year to accelerate the development, with a view to complete the project in 2023, six years ahead of plan.

The neighbourhoods of East Wick and Sweetwater will be mixture of affordable and private rented sector homes, adding to existing communities in Hackney Wick and Fish Island, in east London.

London mayor, Boris Johnson said: “These neighbourhoods are about far more than bricks and mortar but about creating living, vibrant communities with a range of housing choices for Londoners, sitting at the heart of a dynamic new quarter of the capital. Having such a volume of interest from developers is a great step forward in this process.”

http://www.cnplus.co.uk/news/sectors/housing/six-shortlisted-in-queen-elizabeth-olympic-park-new-homes-development/8660018.article?blocktitle=more-news&contentID=10789#.UyCJaoXwvww

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As part of his strategy to solidify the “Olympic Legacy” of East London, Mayor Boris Johnson has recently been focusing on providing the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a little more diversity in its buildings, placing an emphasis on bringing cultural institutions alongside the sports buildings. Now, alongside the V&A’s plans for new galleries and University College London’s proposed design school and cultural centre, The Art Newspaper reports that Johnson is out to grab a headline attraction: London’s own Guggenheim.

Though negotiations are at an early stage, London makes a strong case as the potential home for Guggenheim’s next gallery: not only does London have a strong tourist pull, the Olympics site remains effectively a regeneration project – and art-powered regeneration is something which the Guggenheim has had success with, made famous even, with Frank Gehry’s Bilbao design.

Since Bilbao, though, the Guggenheim’s international expansions have not gone so smoothly: in Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim’s completion date has been pushed back a number of times, and in 2011 artists concerned with the conditions for the construction workers threatened to boycott the museum. In Helsinki, the scrapped then revitalized proposal for a new museum is still controversial. There are also stalled plans in Vilnius and Guadalajara.

Both sides are keeping their cards close to their chest. A spokesperson for the Mayor neither confirmed nor denied the rumor, saying “exploratory discussions with a range of parties are being conducted which remain commercially confidential until a time when further public announcements can be made.”

Via Archdaily ( http://www.archdaily.com/485208/could-london-be-getting-its-own-guggenheim-museum/ )

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A few snaps from last night, 18 months on from my last visit...

They're still here...

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That glass ring is now unconvered...

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Inside, not a lot has changed...

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And a night shot to finish...

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Great pics, how was the atmosphere? Did you get to see more of the park or was that still closed off?

The atmosphere was pretty good, but maybe not as good as during the Games. Some of the longer races were quite hard to follow actually. Laura Trott was on fire, won all three omnium events that night, and went on over the Saturday sessions to win 6 out of 6! Unfortunately the last event we saw ended in a pretty big crash between two riders...both seemed ok in the end but for a couple of minutes they were just laying on the track.

The Park was mostly closed off from the Media Centre southwards. And to get to the velodrome you had to walk through the ghostly Olympic village parts of which are still a building site. All a bit odd. I'm guessing that'll change in a few weeks when the Park opens properly and you can access it from the Westfield again. The North of the park looks good though; big childrens playground, new planting, a cafe has sprung up, new cycle tracks. Definitely going to have another look around in the summer I think.

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The atmosphere was pretty good, but maybe not as good as during the Games. Some of the longer races were quite hard to follow actually. Laura Trott was on fire, won all three omnium events that night, and went on over the Saturday sessions to win 6 out of 6! Unfortunately the last event we saw ended in a pretty big crash between two riders...both seemed ok in the end but for a couple of minutes they were just laying on the track.

The Park was mostly closed off from the Media Centre southwards. And to get to the velodrome you had to walk through the ghostly Olympic village parts of which are still a building site. All a bit odd. I'm guessing that'll change in a few weeks when the Park opens properly and you can access it from the Westfield again. The North of the park looks good though; big childrens playground, new planting, a cafe has sprung up, new cycle tracks. Definitely going to have another look around in the summer I think.

Sounds good, I'm going across the Thames to the Olympic Park in about 3 weeks.

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Anyone know what could be going on in the Park around November? I'm likely to be in London for about 10 days late Nov and would love to attend an event at QE2 Park.

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The only event listed on the website at the moment is this...

http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2013/12/the-nec-wheelchair-tennis-masters

But I'm sure there will be more to come nearer the time. Otherwise, maybe just go for a wander around the Park, get a photo next to the rings, and have a swim in the the Olympic pool ;)

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Still looking a bit end-of-winterish, but in a few weeks' time (and particularly with more non-hi-vis people around) it should be fabulous.

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The only bit of the park legacy Im not a fan of is the car parking at both the Aquatics Centre and the Copper box, probably at the velopark too I guess. There was no parking games time people were forced to use public transport. A lot fewer people will be using these facilities than during the games on any specific day, so why cave in and have parking? That park has amazing transport links there is no need for car parks!

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Tony's right. There for sure has to be parking space available.

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