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2012 designer dismisses dull stadium claims

London 2012's main stadium designer this week hit back at criticism that the key venue would be dull because it had been procured as a design and build contract.
HOK Sport senior principal Rod Sheard also dismissed claims that his team's early designs ran the risk of being unsustainable.'We haven't taken much notice of the recent criticism,' said Sheard referring to concerns from the design community, most vociferously from architect Richard Rogers, that without a design competition London would fail to get a landmark venue.'It seemed to be mostly about process,' he added. 'In fact both Sydney and Beijing Olympic stadiums were procured by a design/build tender and Wembley, Arsenal and Cardiff were all built as design/build contracts so I didn't really understand what the problem was.'Sheard was speaking exclusively to NCE this week. Along with 11 other HOK architects he is working with structural engineer Buro Happold and contractor Sir Robert McAlpine on the stadium as preferred bidder, selected by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in October (NCE 19 October). The team will submit a concept design before Christmas, followed by a detailed design in February 2007. These will be examined by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment's London 2012 design review panel before they are agreed by the ODA.

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