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CABE to vet Games infrastructure designs

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GOVERNMENT ADVISORY body the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment (CABE) is expected to review the design of all Olympic Games infrastructure, it emerged last week.

Discussions are ongoing between CABE and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) with CABE's role expected to be confirmed later this month.

It is understood that CABE will work with the Greater London Authority (GLA) Architecture & Urbanisation Unit to conduct reviews of submitted designs at the early stages of projects.

'We are in discussions with the GLA about making arrangements for construction design review, ' said CABE deputy chair Paul Finch. 'We will give a fast review of the design at an early stage, where it is possible to make changes without affecting time or budget.' CABE's likely role will be to ensure that venues and buildings are appropriately aligned, their orientations complement other structures and that exits and entrances are correctly located, enabling visitors to get in and out easily.

'It's good to have a third party looking at a project because some designers get so close to a job it's hard to see the wood for the trees, ' added Finch.

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