The Future of the Olympic Park
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park consultation
The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has launched a public consultation to give local people the opportunity to submit their views on the future of the area in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Local Plan Consultation Document outlines policies and development proposals to meet the needs of people living and working in east London.
View the full document and have your say. The consultation closes on 7 February 2014
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens
Part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park permanently opened to the public on 29 July following the weekend's Anniversary Games and Open East festival. Hackney's north park, as well as the Timberlodge cafe and Tumbling Bay children's adventure playground across the River Lea, are now open to wander around.
Hackney's new sport and community centre, the Copper Box, has also opened with sports courts, gym and studios available, as well as the E20 cafe. The Copper Box is the new home of the London Lions basketball team and will host major sports tournaments in the coming months. All of this can be accessed from White Post Lane in Hackney Wick - just a short walk from Hackney Wick Overground station.
For a guide to Hackney Wick, go to www.destinationhackney.co.uk and see local business and arts directory www.hackneywick.org.
Transformation of the Olympic Park
The Olympic Park will be transformed into a series of neighbourhoods set around a major new park, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will sit alongside London's emerging major new commercial centre in Stratford. Each neighbourhood will have new homes, places to work and community facilities such as schools, health centres, shops and cafes.
The north west neighbourhood, known as East Wick, will be in Hackney, providing a variety of parkland and recreational space with new connections to Hackney Marshes and the established community of Hackney Wick, as well as improved access to the river Lea and Lea navigation canal. The permanent Olympic venues such as Hackney's multi-use arena (formerly the Copper Box), the velodrome, the stadium and aquatics centre - will re-open for community use in 2013-14.
The South Park will open from spring 2014 which will be home to the South Plaza, a dynamic public space that will welcome crowds to the Park with entertainment and attractions.
The body responsible for regeneration in the Olympic Park and surrounding area is the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) working in partnership with the local host boroughs under the leadership of the Mayor of London.
The LLDC, working with Hackney Council, has selected the iCITY consortium as the preferred bidder to take on the Press and Broadcast Centres after the Games. The one million square-foot campus in East Wick, which housed more than 20,000 journalists and broadcasters from all over the world during the Games, is amongst the best digitally connected commercial spaces in the country.
iCITY intends to take forward the Council's vision to transform these buildings into a digital, media and creative industry hub, building on Hackney and east London's existing business strength in these sectors and creating thousands of further job, apprenticeship and training opportunities for local people.
Page updated: 17 Dec 2013