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Following the Games, the Olympic site has undergone a process of transformation to become Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Here are some key facts and figures on what to expect from the Park.
Will be 560 acres (226 hectares) in size – equivalent to Hyde Park or 357 football pitches.
Around £300m will be spent on transforming the Olympic site into a new piece of London following the Games. The project is called ‘Clear, Connect, Complete’.
The development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is acting as a catalyst for regeneration for the whole of east London.
£12.5 billion has been invested into the Stratford area by the public and private sectors (not including the cost of building the Park).
We anticipate that Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will attract more than 9 million visitors a year from 2016. It will become a place tourists have to visit to say they’ve truly seen London.
Designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture at 114m and used as a visitor attraction with unique views across London from two glass enclosed platforms. It will reopen from spring 2014.
With two 50m pools, the Aquatics Centre doubles the amount of Olympic sized pools in London. They have movable floors and booms that can alter depths and size for different kinds of swimming activities – or to create a dry space for exceptional events. There is also a diving pool in the venue which will be reduced to 2,500 seats and reopen in spring 2014.
With an anticipated 800,000 visitors a year, the Aquatics Centre will be a thriving community asset where individuals, families, disabled people, school children and the UK’s best sporting talent can all swim and train under the same roof.
It was recently announced that the 2016 European Swimming Championships will be held in the Aquatics Centre.
The Copper Box Arena hosted handball during the Olympic Games and Goalball during the Paralympic Games. Since then, it has been transformed into a new venue with the flexible seating capacity and facilities for a wide range of community sports, competitions as well as cultural and business events.
The Arena was the first venue to reopen in summer 2013. It is the third largest arena in London and we anticipate it could attract around 400,000 visitors a year.
Built with flexibility in mind the Stadium will be reduced to 60,000 seats and will be used for major international championships, including the Rugby World Cup 2015, and other sporting fixtures, concerts and attractions. It will be the new national centre for athletics and host the 2017 World Athletics Championships. In March 2013, the long-term future of the iconic stadium was secured with a deal with West Ham United Football Club which confirms the Premier League club as the Stadium’s long-term anchor tenant.
The London Legacy Development Corporation is conducting a bidding process to secure additional uses for the Stadium.
Following the Games, the Press Centre and Broadcast Centre has become a new commercial and employment site – iCity. The site offers 91,000sq m of business space in buildings that have been designed to ensure that they have the flexibility to be adapted for a wide range of uses. A state-of-the-art digital centre that extends the East End’s thriving Tech City business community, iCity’s first tenants are already in place, including Infinity SDC, Tech Hub, Loughborough University, Hackney Community College and BT Sport, which will began broadcasting its new sports channel in August 2013.
The stunning Velodrome will form the centrepiece of Lee Valley VeloPark, the first venue in the world to bring together track, road, mountain biking and BMX. A brand new one mile outdoor road cycle circuit and 6.5km of mountain bike trails are being constructed, along with a remodelled BMX track which will open up cycling to the widest possible group of people who will be able to enjoy what will be the finest cycling hub in the world. Opening in early 2014, the unrivalled venue will be owned and run by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. The Velodrome has won the bid to host the 2016 UCI World Track Cycling Championships – the biggest track cycling event before the Rio Olympics.
Eton Manor hosted the Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis competition. Following the Games it will be home to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – an elegant new sports venue with outstanding facilities, two world class hockey pitches and 10 tennis courts, which will be owned and run by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. It has already won the right to host the first major sports championship on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the Games, the 2015 European Hockey Championships, as well as the Women’s Hockey World Cup in 2018 and the 2014-16 ITF Wheelchair Tennis Masters Championship. Opening in spring 2014, the Centre will combine community, club and grass roots use with major events.