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Call for teams to bid for new capital of the East End

A call has gone out to architects to bid with developers for the chance to build ‘a future capital of the East End’.

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) is seeking a partner to deliver 1500 new homes as part of the ongoing legacy plans for the 2012 Olympic Park, now known as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Located on the western edge of the Park, the new neighbourhoods of East Wick and Sweetwater will be an even split of private rented housing, affordable homes and homes for sale. The communities will also feature two new primary schools, nurseries and a health centre.

LLDC chief executive Dennis Hone told the AJ that the scheme was a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity for redevelopment of the park which would ‘…act as a catalyst for regeneration of the East End.

‘We’ll be creating the capital of the East End of London…architects will be at the heart of this,’ he added.

Hone said that unlike the Athletes’ Village which he described as a series of blocks that came complete with ‘pillars and posts’, the two new developments represented an opportunity where ‘the architect and designer will be involved from the ground floor up’.  ‘We don’t want a stereotypical development,’ he said.

‘We want something that takes the best out of London’s past and puts it into a modern vernacular,’ said Hone. ‘It will be crucial that it looks good in 50 or even a 100 years’ time: A futuristic example of 21st century architecture,’ Hone added.

The LLDC said it expected the first residents to move in at the end of 2016 with the development completed in 2023.

The scheme, which is a stone’s throw from to Hawkins\Brown’s iCITY ‘tech hub’, is part of the wider remit to completely redevelop the former Olympic Park.

Planning has already been submitted for Chobham Manor with contractor Taylor Wimpey working with Make, Karakusevic Carson Architects, PRP, Haworth Tompkins, Muf Architecture/Art (Public Realm) and J&L Gibbons (Landscape Architecture)

East Wick

  • Up to 870 new homes
  • Located in the north-west of the Park next to Hackney Wick and iCITY
  • Townhouses, mews, studios and flats
  • New primary school and two new nurseries

Floor space will consist of up to: 

91,000sqm residential, 5,300sqm employment, 5,600sqm community, 4,700sqm retail and leisure

Sweetwater

  • Up to 650 new homes
  • Located on the western edge of the Park near Old Ford and the Copper Box Arena
  • Studios, flats and family homes with private gardens
  • New primary school and two new nurseries and a health centre

Floor space will consist of up to: 

67,700sqm residential, 1,000sqm employment, 8,400sqm community, 2,500sqm retail

 

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