Olympic Legacy Masterplan and Neighbourhood Development,
Role: Chief of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation
Brief: A new piece of city
Size: 108 hectares
Status: Legacy Communities Scheme masterplan completed, implementation ongoing
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, former site of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, aims to become a new metropolitan district in London and an anchor in the social and economic regeneration of east London. As well as creating places to live and work that are rooted in the ethos and urban fabric of east London’s diverse and vital communities it provides amazing sporting and cultural venues all framing an incredible parkland. The Olympic Legacy Masterplan builds upon the unprecedented combination of concentrated public investment in land, transport, infrastructure, housing and sports amenities. A key measure of the plan’s success will be its ability to overcome significant physical barriers and to forge a network of pedestrian, bicycle, and street connections to its surroundings, providing safe and inter-connected London-inspired streets, blocks and buildings for a range of users. This has clearly already begun to happen. Just as the great estates of London delivered neighbourhoods of high quality and distinction by enabling the gradual evolution of whole new parts of London, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park aims to the 21st Century model of this formidable tradition. The masterplan informed detailed project briefs, provided direction and guidelines shared with development partners and design professionals (appointed through a competitive process) to inform the realisation of this new piece of city.