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London maps out proposals for Olympic gold

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A giant park and a new 'water city' will be key elements in London's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

The bid - being masterplanned by a team led by EDAW with Allies and Morrison, Foreign Office Architects and HOK Sport - is now going out to early consultation among local authorities, residents and businesses in the five London boroughs around the Lower Lea Valley.

The team has now determined the likely location of the Olympic stadium and some associated facilities, but has yet to decide on the location of the Olympic village, which will go to one of three sites (illustrated).

Each has merit in terms of the regeneration 'legacy'once the Games are over, but site one, close to the sporting facilities, would be least affected by whether or not the bid is won.

The landscape strategy will both incorporate and respond to water elements and other major infrastructure features of the Lower Lea Valley. The whole area is currently difficult to cross because of water and major infrastructure to its east and west, and part of the strategy will be to open up rivers and canals and construct up to 100 bridges across the site.

The park itself, which will happen even if London fails to clinch the Olympics, will run all the way to the Thames opposite the Dome and will be one of the biggest new parklands in Europe.

An outline planning application will be submitted to Newham council by the end of the year, with a first-stage assessment by the International Olympic Committee early next year.

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