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Monday28 July 2014

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It was surely no coincidence that Hopkins Architects chose the week before the Stirling Prize to lumber readers of the AJ with a 104-page supplement on its Olympic Velodrome.

If, like Boots, you thought this smacked of the self-aggrandising advertisements studios run in Variety before the Oscars, you may share our amusement that it rather seems to have backfired.

Having assembled this great mass of material, the Hopkins team decided to subject the jury to every last statistic and timeline drawing. One juror reports that the experience was akin to “death by PowerPoint”, undermining their enthusiasm for a project widely assumed to have been a dead cert.

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