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Atkins' Lea Valley regeneration back on track after potential Olympic trip-up

Atkins' £200 million revitalisation of a swathe of the Lea Valley in north-east London is back on track after being stalled by the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.

The architect's Lea Square development ( pictured) will be submitted for planning this summer, after its future was thrown into doubt last year by the Olympic Park masterplan.

According to project director Tom Gent, the redevelopment of a 1.3ha brownfield site on the banks of the River Lea stalled last year when it was earmarked for a CPO by the Olympic authority at the time. This came shortly after London won its Olympic bid last July.

But the architect added that the project's future is now secure because details of the Olympic Park masterplan were changed earlier this year.

Alterations to the masterplan include plans to move the Olympic media centre further north. Its original position was the source of delays over his scheme, Gent added.

Gent said: 'The CPO was lifted earlier this year. The scheme is definitely going to be submitted for planning. We've been working with the LDA and Newham [council] to produce something robust.'

The Lea Square project will include 17,000m 2of office, retail and leisure space, along with 650 apartments in three landmark towers.

by Rob Sharp

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