In a decidedly understated, budget-conscious presentation this morning, London Olympic architects HOK Sport revealed the secrets of the convertible Straftord stadium, on its very own island, chock full of fun, and with the trick that dared not speak its name in the shape of an Exit Strategy. Specifically, the ability to be half-demolished to make it a sustainable venue for athletics, which not many people go to see.
Within minutes, it was being condemned as a glorified gasholder. I thought it looked like a glorious gasholder. And none the worse for that, the Victorian gasholder being a thing of natural, functional beauty, and part of the heritage of the site.
The plans for the area outside the castle walls were commonsensical too. Food and revelry being focused at ‘pods’ sited around the ‘Stadium Island’. The design of these units would use ‘creative low tech solutions – using laser-cutting.’… That I didn’t understand.