A design review by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has praised plans for a key footbridge in the Olympic Park.

A year ago the Olympic Delivery Authority chose architect Heneghan Pend from a six-strong shortlist to design the bridge spans the River Lea connecting the Olympic Stadium to the handball and Aquatics arenas.

The Commission for Architecture and the built environemnt (CABE), the government's architecture watchdog, has praised the design as 'simple and elegant' despite a 'complex brief and difficult site'.

During the Games the bridge will measure 180 feet across to cope with the large amount of people visiting the Olympics.

Following the Games temporary sections of the bridge will be removed to leave two narrower bridges.

The design competition was launched in May 2007,