Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: A sustainable transformation
In 2008, LDA Design was appointed to lead the masterplanning and detailed design of the London 2012 Olympic Park, now known as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and is currently working on the post-Games transformation; ensuring the permanent legacy of 102 hectares of Parkland.
The Park continues to be a major catalyst for the regeneration of East London. Thanks to its legacy, new communities are being built with the provision of housing accommodation, leisure and retail space.
Sustainability was not just integral to the design, but also to the venues, facilities, operations and infrastructure for the Games, making the 2012 Olympic Games the greenest ever. The previously canalised River Lee was transformed into a three dimensional mosaic of wetland, swales, wet woodland, dry woodland and meadow.
By far the greatest benefit to sustainable living comes through the extensive transformation of the Olympic site as part of the Legacy phase. With a budget of £292 million, an area of parkland the same size as that created for the Games has been delivered in one third of the time, providing lasting social, economic and environmental legacy for London and the UK, including:
- A major new sustainable community with over 8,000 new homes supported by twelve new schools, three health centres and a new library.
- 8,000 new jobs created in an extensive new commercial district, complemented by extensive leisure and sporting facilities including five venues retained from the Games.
The Park has created the best environment to live, work and play, benefitting not only residents living on the Park but communities surrounding it as well.