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Green light for Allies and Morrison’s Stratford Waterfront

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Sadiq Khan has approved four key buildings within the Allies and Morrison-led £1.1 billion East Bank masterplan on the former Olympic Park in London

The mayor of London granted planning permission for the culture-led Stratford Waterfront element of the wider scheme, which was drawn up in collaboration with O’Donnell + Tuomey.

Stratford Waterfront will be home to outposts for the BBC, the V&A and its new partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, a 550-seat theatre for dance company Sadler’s Wells and a campus for the University of the Arts’ London College of Fashion.

O’Donnell + Tuomey, which won the 2015 RIBA Gold Medal, is overseeing the V&A and Sadler’s Wells buildings, while masterplanner Allies and Morrison is carrying out the detailed design work on the BBC and London College of Fashion.

All four buildings were last month approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) Planning Committee before being sent to the mayor’s office for a final decision.

Statutory deputy mayor Joanne McCartney said this week: ’East Bank is central to the mayor’s vision of creating a powerhouse for artistic excellence, learning, research, performance and exhibitions on the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It represents a unique prospect for London that is almost unparalleled on the international stage.’

Lyn Garner, chief executive of the LLDC, added: ’This is a huge milestone for the project and testament to the hard work and commitment of all those involved. East Bank will be the glue that binds together the different elements on the park from world-class visitor attractions, high-tech business districts, thousands of new homes and wonderful parkland and open spaces.’

Zaha Hadid Architects has previously spoken out against the proposals over concerns that the scheme would cause ‘significant harm’ to the design integrity of its 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize-nominated Aquatic Centre next door.

But the mayor’s office said East Bank would be at the heart of a ’growing cluster of commerce, technology, manufacture, retail, education, culture and creative industries’. The wider scheme would deliver 2,500 jobs, attract 1.5 million visitors a year and generate £1.5 billion for the local economy, it added. 

The latest announcement follows approval by the LLDC in March of plans for the nearby UCL East campus. That project includes Stanton Williams’ Marshgate I, a 35,000m² centre for academic research and teaching facility and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ £90 million Pool Street West scheme.

Stratford waterfront masterplan

Stratford waterfront masterplan

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  • It will be interesting to see what actually gets built? The site is nondescript, the individual programs not resolved? Let’s hope the planning authority doesn’t cramp their style? And the Smithsonian! Founded with backing from the Duke of Northumberland back in the day, now totally USA culture?!

    Bring on the whole thing!! V and A? BBC? Eastenders?!

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