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Value engineering forces architect to quit Olympics development

Ian Ritchie Architects has quit the London Olympics development project amid continued quality fears.

It has been reported it withdrew from the project following concerns the 3,000-home scheme is being value engineered to reduce costs.

Industry magazine, Building, has reported other architects are voicing their concerns: “Everyone’s moaning about it. People are worried that their pieces of the village are not going to be as good as they’d like,” it claimed an architect said.

According to the un-named source: “I think you’d see more people walking off if there was more work about,” Building reported.

Australian-owned group Lend Lease said Ian Ritchie left because he was too busy and denied concerns about design quality.

“The design review panel couldn’t have been more positive if we had written it ourselves. That is a matter of public record,” its chairman Nigel Hugill commented.

It is hoped much of the scheme’s investment cost will be re-cooped after the Games end.

Newly built commercial property and residential housing will be sold off and it is hoped the area will benefit from further investment.

Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman John Armitt has said 75 pence in every pound “is being invested in long term regeneration of east London”.ADNFCR-1329-ID-18755216-ADNFCR

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