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Tories put the boot into Olympic Village

The Conservatives have joined the condemnation of Olympic park structures, describing the Olympic Village as “woefully inadequate.”

“In my opinion the Olympic village is for providing the long-term housing that area of London needs. The village remains in danger of becoming a slum of the future without a radical rethink of its design and a full appreciation of who it is in the city that needs houses,” said London Assembly Conservative Group member Andrew Boff.

“London has a surplus of one and two bedroom flats. What it is in desperate need of are houses with a garden where families can live and raise their children – and the current Olympic Village fails to provide for that,” he said.

They also questioned the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment’s (CABE’s) decision to level criticim only at the International Broadcast Centre.

CABE said the Broadcast Centre displayed a: “Gap between the aspiration for the project and the quality of the buildings is sadly wide,” and “The architecture as shown is extremely weak, lacking real conviction as to how it could work in transition or legacy…”

Boff also asked why CABE limited its criticism of buildings at the Olympic site to the International Broadcast Centre.

“I would agree with the CABE on this, but what concerns me is why they’ve limited their criticism to the Broadcast Centre.

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