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Olympic deadline blow

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THE COMMITTEE responsible for the 2012 Olympic Games is set to miss the deadline for the completion of its design briefs for London's Olympic venues.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) had to complete its venue requirements (LVRs) by the end of this month. This week it said that not all the briefs were ready to be passed to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

The ODA needs the LVR documents to procure designers for venues in the Olympic Park. They set out what each venue will need in terms of capacity, sports speci ation, power, water supply, access and infrastructure.

Briefs for the Olympic Village and International Broadcast Centre were completed in February, but LOCOG infrastructure director James Bulley told NCE last month that he expected all 16 LVRs to be ready by the end of April (Building Britain's Games supplement, March).

The delay came as LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe con med that use of Olympic venues after 2012 is being reviewed. This includes the possibility of the main stadium becoming home to Premiership football club West Ham United.

'We have never ruled out a Premiership club, but always made it clear that a legacy for track and eld is a serious part of the Games, ' Lord Coe said.

In the bid document, the main stadium was proposed as an 80,000-capacity venue to be reduced to a 25,000-seater athletics stadium post-games.

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