“London has raised the bar on how to deliver a lasting legacy. This great historical city has created a legacy blueprint for future Games hosts.”
Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee President.
Creating Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Following the 2012 Games, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has begun a £300m construction project to transform the Olympic site into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This will involve removing temporary venues, transforming permanent venues into everyday use, building new roads and bridges and the first neighbourhood.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be an exciting new visitor destination. Iconic venues and attractions will sit alongside new homes, schools and businesses, amongst open green spaces and pieces of art in the heart of London’s East End.
The new Park began opening in on 27 July 2013, exactly one year after the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games.
The London 2012 legacy
The LLDC was set up three years before the Games in 2009. As a result, legacy plans for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are more advanced than any previous host Olympic City. They include:
Venues and Sport
- The future of all eight of the permanent venues has already been secured (Aquatics Centre, Orbit, Copper Box Arena, Olympic Village, Velodrome, Eton Manor, Stadium and iCity (previous Press and Broadcast Centre)).
- The Park offers sporting programmes for everything from grass roots community use to high performance competitions.
- Price pledge –the cost of a swimming in the Aquatics Centre or court hire in the Copper Box Arena will be the same as that of a local leisure centre.
- Up to 8,000 permanent jobs on the park by 2030 plus 2,500 temporary construction jobs
- Training and apprenticeships with a focus on opportunities for local people
- Venues such as the Press and Broadcast Centres have been developed so they are adaptable for commercial use following Games.
- Five new neighbourhoods developed over 20 years
- Up to 8,000 new homes in addition to the 2,800 in the athletes’ village
- A target of 35% affordable housing *
- 3 schools
- 9 nurseries
- 3 health centres
- 29 playgrounds
- Best connected and most accessible place in Europe.
- Direct connections to a third of London’s rail and underground stations.
- There are ten public transport lines feeding into Stratford station. This means that a train could arrive at the station every 15 seconds.
- By 2016, it’s estimated that the number of passengers using Stratford station each morning will reach 83,000.
- Expected to become one of London’s Top 10 visitor destinations by 2020 attracting local, regional, national and international visitors.
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park could attract more than 9million visitors per year from across London, the UK and abroad from 2016.
- Over 22 miles of interlinking pathways, waterways and cycle paths.
- 252 acres (102 hectares) of open space.
- 6.5 kms of rivers and canals running through the Park
- 111 acres (45 hectares) of biodiverse wildlife habitat on the Park, including reedbeds, grasslands, ponds and woodlands, with 525 bird boxes and 150 bat boxes.
Click here to see a flythrough video of the Park.
For more information about Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park visit http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/
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* Affordable housing includes both homes rented by Local Authorities, homes rented by not for profit organisations and homes offered to specific households to buy. The cost of affordable homes is determined with regard to local incomes and local house prices. Rents are determined by the national rent regime. The definition does not exclude homes provided by private sector bodies or provided without grant funding.