As the sun sets on the magnificent spectacle that was the London 2012 Olympic Games, a new dawn beckons for the facilities left behind.
The London Legacy Development Corporation has embarked on a transformation of the Olympic site into a brand new piece for the city, right in the heart of London’s East End.
The new Park – which will begin to open its gates from July 2013 – will combine lush parklands and waterways, new neighbourhoods and world class sports and entertainment venues. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has already announced plans for the first large scale event to take place in the park this summer – a two day, world class festival of cycling which could attract thousands of visitors and generate millions of pounds in economic benefit.
The creation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be one of the biggest construction projects in Europe, laying the foundations for further development across East London over the next 20 years.
The transformation has three main objectives: To clear Games-time structures including temporary venues, bridges, walkways and roads; to connect the Park to the surrounding area with new roads, cycle and foot paths; and to complete permanent venues, bridges and parklands ready for residents’ and visitors’ everyday use.
Speaking about the development, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:
“Within a year of the close of the 2012 Games, the Park will be ready to welcome not only another major sporting event, but also the thousands of residents and workers who will reap the benefits of this brand new district of the capital.
“The fantastic new sporting venues are only one part of the unfolding legacy story. The Park will help drive the growth London needs to steer it out of recession and on to long term prosperity.”