Make and James Corner Field Operations have won planning permission for a new post-games public realm on the Olympic Park in east London
Planned to open in Spring 2014, the competition-winning 11 hectare South Plaza features a tree-lined promenade and landscaped ‘rooms’ for picnics, performances and play.
The scheme for client and landowner London Legacy Development Corporation features planting and horticulture by Piet Oudolf who designed the garden within Peter Zumthor’s 2011 Serpentine Pavilion.
London mayor Boris Johnson said: ‘The South Plaza will be a stunning legacy for London, framed by some of the most iconic sights of the 2012 Games.
‘Not only will it form an integral part of the new community we are creating in east London, but this fantastic space will draw millions of visitors each year as they flock to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.’
London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive Dennis Hone said: ‘Achieving planning permission for the South Plaza is another milestone for the Legacy Corporation, bringing us one step closer to realising Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
‘Earlier this week the Legacy Corporation began to take control of the Olympic Park. Over the coming months as we inherit more of the Park from the Games organisers we will be able to move on to site and begin its transformation into a new part of the city and a truly unique public space.’
The London Legacy Development Corporation which oversees major planning decisions for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has meanwhile appointed Philip Lewis as the new chair of its planning committee.
The chartered surveyor of 40 years’ experience said: ‘I am delighted to take on the role of Chairman of the Planning Decisions Committee. The Committee will play a crucial role in the development of plans for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding areas, to create a new part of the city.
‘The Committee will help to drive forward regeneration plans for the area, ensuring high quality design and sustainable development to bring lasting benefits to east London.’
The Committee members are:
- Philip Lewis (Chairman)
- David Gregson
- Andrew Mawson
- Nicolas Bitel
- Nicky Dunn
- Sonita Alleyne
- Cllr Geoff Taylor
- Cllr Conor McAuley
- Cllr Rabinah Khan
- Cllr Terry Wheeler
- Cllr Lester Hudson
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