London: LLDC and West Ham differ on Olympic Stadium vision
source: Telegraph.co.uk; author: michał
Could this harm negotiations over the future of Olympic Stadium? West Ham prefer to leave the existing roof, while London Legacy Development Company already outlined a different scheme. Telegraph reports.
Distinctive triangular floodlights over the Olympic Stadium seem to be among contentious issues during negotiations over the ground’s future. London Legacy Development Company are discussing future with all four bidders, but it is understood that West Ham and their opinion should play key role in the process.
And the suggested viewpoint of “Hammers” is the opposite of plans drawn by engineers. Along the vision by LLDC Olympic Stadium should get a new roof without the floodlight masts, new corporate zone and retractable seating as part of the lower tier.
Meanwhile West Ham seem to opt for leaving the venue almost untouched – at least when it comes to floodlights and – to some extent – the external wrap.
But these aren’t the only issues. LLDC has some £130 million set aside for the reconfiguration of the venue (compared to £95m estimated initially), but would welcome a bigger financial effort by the club as well. However, WHU seem to believe their offer, thought to include a share of commercial income including naming rights, constitutes a major contribution already.
Can the disputable issues prolong the selection process for preferred tenants? Surely that’s what 2015 Rugby World Cup organizers would prefer to avoid as reconfiguration should start as soon as possible in order to end before the planned tournament, which is to include London’s newest major venue.