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Latest images of Olympicopolis revealed


New images showing detailed designs of the proposed Olympicopolis development on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been revealed 

The designs for the East London park’s new huge cultural and education quarter have been drawn up by a team led by Allies and Morrison with including RIBA Gold Medal winners O’Donnell + Tuomey and emerging Spanish talent Arquitecturia.

The practices saw off all-star bids from a raft of firms to win the Malcolm Reading Consultants-organised contest for the job back in May 2015.

The development is set to house new outposts for the V&A, UAL’s London College of Fashion, Sadler’s Wells and the Smithsonian - which last month committed to the site in Stratford as its first permanent gallery outside the US. 

Rosanna Lawes, executive director of regeneration at the London Legacy Development Corporation said: ‘Stratford and east London are changing fast. In a few short years we will see not only a new cultural and education district in east London with some of the world’s leading institutions sitting in the heart of the park, but new neighbourhoods and business districts and hugely successful sporting venues delivering on the legacy promises made for the 2012 Games.

’This is the perfect illustration of how London is open, and will remain so.’

The site, next to Zaha Hadid Architects’ Aquatics Centre, will include a 600-seat theatre and a university campus alongside housing.

As part of the proposals for the former Olympic Park, a new campus for UCL will also be built to the south of the Orbit. The masterplan for the UCL site was initially drawn up by LDA Design with Nicholas Hare Architects and Studio Weave.

In May, UCL released a shortlist of 10 firms competing for the first phases of the development: the £80 million Marshgate and the £40 million Pool Street schemes. 

The project is expected to be submitted for planning in December 2016. 

If planning is granted, work is set to start on site in 2018 with the buildings due to open by 2021.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Olympicopolypse?

    More glass "cafes and bars" and brick slips over concrete soffits.

    I presume the residential is paying for everything else. I wonder if it will l fall foul of the post-Brexit residential downturn.

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  • At least the brick slips to the feet of the cantilevered walls of the V&A haven't crept around onto the soffits - but the earthquake resistant exoskeleton of UAL's London College of Fashion helps to mitigate the disappointment.

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  • Why do you think it's brick slips? Just looks like brick supported by steel to me...

    Could be great given the calibre of the architects involved, and how it's detailed.

    And what's wrong with 'Cafés and Bars'!?

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  • It's an image - not even a plan. Just show me the spreadsheet. How does it stack up and where's the money coming from?

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