Monthly Archives: June 2011

ODA’s Olympic Village dilemma …

A small update on how the bidding process on the Olympic Village is going, from a couple of sources who ought to know. Apparently, there is strong political will behind the Wellcome Trust’s bid. The charitable biomedical research foundation’s plans … Continue reading

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Olympics casino decision slipping …

While every other element at Westfield’s £1.45bn Stratford City Olympics shopping centre is flying seamlessly out of the ground, its plans to build the UK’s first “large” casino at the site remain a frustratingly distant dream at present. Newham selected … Continue reading

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Arise Sir David Higgins: is it too early to hand out Olympics awards?

David Higgins, the former chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, is to be honoured with a knighthood for his work overseeing the construction of the venues for the 2012 Olympic Park. Now let me be pleasant about this first. Higgins … Continue reading

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Television Centre and Olympics update: “All options considered”

Listening into the BBC’s press briefing on its sale of Television Centre just now. A good question being asked is where will the BBC film many of its London-based programmes currently filmed at Television Centre if the studio space is redeveloped … Continue reading

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BBC’s Television Centre sale has Olympic ramifications …

The BBC at some stage this week will officially bring to market Television Centre, its famous studios in Shepherd’s Bush, west London. There is a pretty good story here in The Guardian from a couple of weeks ago about the … Continue reading

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Eyes peeled for Westfield FC and Olympic village people

I am off to the London 2012 Olympic Park on Friday afternoon for a tour of the site with the Olympic Park Legacy Company. Progress is dramatic on a week-by-week basis and I have not been around the site for … Continue reading

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LTGDC on plans for something ‘a little bit different’ in Hackney Wick

I have just been speaking to Peter Andrews, the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation’s redoubtable chief executive, about the body’s just-published indicative plans for regeneration around Hackney Wick station Andrews explained the key thinking behind the plans. The most important element … Continue reading

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