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Olympic Stadium architect calls for multi-use venue

Philip Johnson, London 2012 Olympic Stadium architect (Philip Johnson)
Image caption Philip Johnson was architect for the Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium's architect has said he would like to see the venue used for "lots of sports" after London 2012 has finished.

Philip Johnson said he believed the stadium should be used for a number of "different" events and did not see "any reason" why that could not be achieved.

His vision goes against football clubs' bids for use of the stadium, which have subsequently collapsed.

Mr Johnson spoke ahead of a lecture at the University of East Anglia.

Mr Johnson said: "The thing about stadiums is in order to make them environmentally sustainable in the 21st Century you need to use them for a number of different things.

'Unusual thing'

"What I would really like to see is a solution where it could be used for fantastic concerts in the summer, athletics and football in the winter, maybe rugby, maybe even some high-profile cricket events.

"It's an unusual thing and in other countries they do this rather well. I think in the UK we tend to like our own back yard and particular patch.

"We need to think how it could be used for a number of different events. I really don't see any reason why that can't be done."

On Tuesday the government confirmed the deal to award West Ham the Olympic Stadium after London 2012 had fallen through, amid the Olympic Park Legacy Company's (OPLC) concerns their legal dispute with Tottenham was taking too long.

The OPLC, government and mayor of London instead agreed the stadium would remain in public ownership and be rented out, with West Ham applying to be a tenant.

On Thursday the case's High Court judge said the legal bill left by the fight over the stadium was "horrifying".

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