Controversy has struck the architects of the London Olympic Park. The creative forces behind some of the most imaginative buildings in the UK have been silenced from speaking about their work unless they are ‘Third Tier’ sponsors.
Peter Murray, Founder of Blueprint, Chairman of New London Architecture and a respected figure in the London architecture community, has been wearing a T-shirt with the names of all of the architects of the Olympic Park in protest of the lack of authorship permitted to those involved. He explained to WAN:
“British Prime Minister David Cameron says that UK businesses involved with the Games should promote their work in overseas markets. He organised a Creative Industries Summit at Lancaster House yesterday to do just that. However architects, engineers and suppliers to the Olympics have their hands tied behind their backs.
“When they took on an Olympic project they had to sign the No Marketing Rights Protocol which forbids them from marketing or promoting their work for the Olympics. Only Populous and Atkins, of those commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) can do this because they are 'Third Tier' sponsors.
“A report by the former Chairman of the ODA has recommended that the ban should be lifted, but the Government says that cannot happen until next year, by which time it will be too late and the world's attention will have shifted to Rio.
“I wore the T shirt to the Creative Industries Summit yesterday and confronted Ed Vaizey Minister for Culture with it, as well as to a reception in the evening at the Royal Academy with the Duchess of Cambridge (she didn't notice!). The campaign seems to be having some effect on Government opinion.”