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AWARD WINNING ARCHITECTS TAKE GOLD IN STRATFORD WATERFRONT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Multi-award winning practice Allies and Morrison has teamed with RIBA Gold Medal winners O’Donnell & Tuomey and other renowned studios to scoop the international competition for Stratford Waterfront on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the London Legacy Development Corporation announced today (Wednesday 20 May 2015).

  • Allies and Morrison bid wins Stratford Waterfront international competition
  • RIBA Gold Medal winners O’Donnell & Tuomey part of winning team
  • Six high quality finalists drawn from 125 different architects from around the world

Led by Stirling Prize shortlisted practice Allies and Morrison, the team beat off stiff competition from five other finalists to win the competition to design the new culture and university complex which is part of the ‘Olympicopolis’ scheme announced by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, on Stratford Waterfront in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Full press release and images: http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/media/press-releases/award-winning-architects-take-gold-in-stratford-waterfront-international-competition

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To be fair, for what is, to all intents, a botched solution, it's gonna look like a good stadium. Just gotta see how it'll be for football I guess.

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To be fair, for what is, to all intents, a botched solution, it's gonna look like a good stadium. Just gotta see how it'll be for football I guess.

Yes, that remains the worry. The football pitch may correspond pretty much to the rectangular area seen in the photos posted by Rob, in which case it'll look pretty distant from the upper seating (parts of which will definitely be needed, given the average West Ham attendance of around 35,000).

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The whole stadium legacy was botched by London- amazing to spend sooooo much money and time on an ordinary (and pretty ugly) Olympic Stadium and an ordinary Football stadium.

My personal opinion is that the original plan, to retain a modest-capacity pure athletics stadium with the Olympic superstructure removed, was correct. If a joint-use football/athletic stadium had been practical for the 21st century, it would have been retained at the new Wembley.

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Just what every football stadium needs.

Maybe it's time the IAAF and IOC started experimenting with more compact figure-8 running tracks, laid within the footprint of football pitches during the summer.

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Clearing the stadium track has now revealed the 2012 branding, while it looks as if under-pitch heating is being prepared (and at the far side, the latest phase of installing the temporary bottom-tier seats for 2015 events is beginning).

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Oops, forgot the credit: it's another detail from LobsterVision.

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It's a great idea - both Melbourne and Sydney have dedicated areas to the victors of their Games outside their respective stadiums. AFAIK Beijing, Athens and Atlanta haven't done this.

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It's a great idea - both Melbourne and Sydney have dedicated areas to the victors of their Games outside their respective stadiums. AFAIK Beijing, Athens and Atlanta haven't done this.

Atlanta has a list of winners from 1996 at Centennial Olympic Park...

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The last translucent panel for the new Olympic Stadium roof has now been fitted- but I can't help wondering if they now have a problem. The green safety netting beneath the new roof cannot, obviously, be accessed from above any more, but because they're already putting temporary seating in, it's more difficult for cherry-pickers to access it from below:

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I wonder if they'll have to hire an aerial rigging team to remove it all?


(Picture is a detail from LobsterVision again)

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Race of Champions confirmed for November

The 2015 Race Of Champions will take place on November 20-21 at the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – the iconic home of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The former Olympic Stadium, the backdrop to some of the most memorable action of London 2012 plus the opening and closing ceremonies, will now stage its fastest ever race after it saw off contenders from all over the world to host the prestigious motor sport event.

The Race Of Champions is an annual end-of-season contest which has been held for over 25 years. It brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, World Rally, Le Mans, MotoGP, Nascar, IndyCar and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

The event is run over two days: first comes the ROC Nations Cup (on the evening of Friday November 20) when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. Then on the afternoon of Saturday November 21 it’s time for the Race Of Champions itself, when teamwork goes out of the window and it’s a flat-out battle for individual glory. Tickets for both days of racing have gone on sale today from www.raceofchampions.com.

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The Olympic Bell is due to make an appearance again and there seems to a memorial for the Olympic & Paralympic winners - well a list of names I guess!

Just to be that guy, I don't think "memorial" is the word you are looking for.

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Frickley Athletic have begun the task of installing plastic tip-up seats into their main stand to replace the existing wooden bench seating.

The seats are part of the Legacy of the London 2012 Olympics, having been sourced from the Olympic Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park through the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

Being responsible for the management and development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the LLDC committed to securing sustainable future use for all the materials that came out of the park. Clubs, charities, schools and any other group that helped and enhanced the local community were offered the opportunity to claim materials from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park towards the end of last year and Frickley Athletic were successful in being granted 300 plastic seats from the Olympic Aquatics Centre.

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/frickleyathletic/news/summer-ground-improvements-1442822.html#.VXsqGfpf33A.twitter

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Frickley Athletic have begun the task of installing plastic tip-up seats into their main stand to replace the existing wooden bench seating.

The seats are part of the Legacy of the London 2012 Olympics, having been sourced from the Olympic Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park through the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

Being responsible for the management and development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the LLDC committed to securing sustainable future use for all the materials that came out of the park. Clubs, charities, schools and any other group that helped and enhanced the local community were offered the opportunity to claim materials from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park towards the end of last year and Frickley Athletic were successful in being granted 300 plastic seats from the Olympic Aquatics Centre.

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/frickleyathletic/news/summer-ground-improvements-1442822.html#.VXsqGfpf33A.twitter

Well that's embarrassing. Frickley are based at South Elmsall in Yorkshire, where some of my ancestors lived- but until you posted that, I'd never heard of the club.

Now I know that they play in the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division. Thanks!

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Another small surprise from the upgraded Stadium: they're putting what seem to be the old seats back in their proper places in the temporary lower tier, so the patterns are preserved:

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(Detail from LobsterVision as usual)

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