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First look at Studio Egret West's 1,500-home Olympic Park plans

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The first images have been released of the proposed new 1,500 home East Wick and Sweetwater neighbourhood on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The scheme has been designed by a team led by Studio Egret West and Sheppard Robson (who are joint masterplanners) which also includes Stirling Prize-winning Alison Brooks Architects (ABA), ShedKM, Piercy & Co, Astudio and landscape designers Fabrik.

The architects are working on the project with Balfour Beatty and Urban Splash/Places for People. The development will sit on land east of Hawkins\Brown’s £100 million Here East overhaul of the former Olympic media complex and south of Make’s Copper Box Arena respectively.

The SEW collaboration saw off submissions from developer Grainger - in collaboration with Assael and Mae - and a joint bid by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Maccreanor Lavington and S333 with Mace, Argent and Peabody.

Make, PRP, Karakusevic Carson, Muf and Nord were chosen to build the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s first 800-home neighbourhood at Chobham Manor two years ago.

The procurement of a design team for two neighbourhoods follows London mayor Boris Johnson’s decision to accelerate the delivery of Games legacy housing so the park’s 6,800 new homes will be complete by 2023.

David Cowans, chief executive at Places for People, said: ‘This is East London’s moment and it’s our big moment too.

‘This is exactly what Places for People is about, making great places and ensuring that the true Legacy of 2012 lives on by creating opportunities for the existing communities around the park to share in its success.’ 

East Wick and Sweetwater - 1,500 home scheme on the Olympic Park

East Wick

• Up to 850 new homes
• Located in the north-west of the park next to Hackney Wick and Here East
• Townhouses, mews, studios and flats
• New primary school and two new nurseries
• Floor space will consist of up to: 
- 96,000m² housing
- 9,000m² office/employment
- 5,600m² community
- 4,700m² shops and leisure 

Sweetwater

• Up to 650 new homes
• Located in the south-west 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: 
- 67,700m² housing
- 1,000m² employment
- 8,400m² community
- 2,500m² shops 

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