Olympic Watchdog Slams Media Centre Design

27 April 2009 (Last Updated April 27th, 2009 18:30)

The UK Government's architecture watchdog has criticised plans for the London 2012 Olympic Games, it has been revealed. The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) said it will not support the Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) proposed designs for the international

The UK Government's architecture watchdog has criticised plans for the London 2012 Olympic Games, it has been revealed.

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) said it will not support the Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) proposed designs for the international broadcast centre (IBC) and main press centre (MPC), located on the edge of the Olympic Park.

While other key projects were praised for good designs, the watchdog said it had serious concerns over the 'quality' of the buildings and has asked the ODA to review the plans.

In its report, CABE said the design for the IBC could blight the Olympic Legacy. It also said more work was needed to improve the 'large monolithic block' of the MPC.

Construction of the media centre started in March.

The two buildings will house journalists during the Olympic Games and will then be turned into nearly 900,000ft² of office space after the Games.

By staff writer.