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Redesigned Olympic legacy masterplan unveiled

The Olympic Park Legacy Company has revealed its revised, family homes-led masterplan for the Olympics site in Stratford, east London

The new vision for the 100-hectare park is the result of an overhaul of the masterplan which has been drawn up by AECOM, Allies and Morrison, KCAP, Witherford Watson Mann, Maccreanor Lavington, Panter Hudspith, Caruso St John, VOGT and West 8.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company, headed up by former Philadelphia deputy mayor for economic development Andrew Altman, has trimmed the scale of the post-Games redevelopment by almost a third, reducing the number of homes to be built to around 8,000.

Margaret Ford, chair of the company, said: ‘It’s a far more stronger masterplan with much more community and its more deliverable.’

Back in 2009 EDAW, KCAP and Allies & Morrison’s plans for the £438 million site proposed between 10,000 and 12,000 homes in dense apartment block developments.

Altman plans to submit to the ODA before summer 2011 an outline planning application for 400 units of housing on a site north of the Olympic village, close to the Hopkins-designed Olympics Velodrome.

The buildings will be between two and three storeys high and could feature mews houses as well as a new school and health centre (scheduled to complete in 2012.)

Altman said: ‘Accordia in Cambridge, the sense of scale, the relationship to the streets and the squares, that’s the kind of neighbourhood you could have here.’

The plan draws on London’s traditional housing typologies, aiming to recreate the relationship of green space to urban development common to areas like Regents Park and Islington’s canals.

The area, which will be named the Queen Elizabeth Legacy Park, will be similar to the historical London development model of a ‘great estate’.

Altman said: ‘We don’t have to just rely on the masterplan because as a landowner through our development agreements we can be involved in [the design] process.’

To the West of the first phase, across a ‘rustically’ landscaped ‘North Park’, is planned a sweeping Nash-style terrace. Here Ford anticipates the ‘highest quality’ of architecture.

She explained: ‘It’s not about a throw-back to the past it’s about what makes London great.’

A hard-landscaped South Park – between the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Orbit monument – will feature higher density development on its fringes.

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