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Studio Egret West, Piercy & Co and Astudio’s Olympic Park housing gets go-ahead

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Plans for 300 new homes in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park designed by Studio Egret West, Piercy & Company and Astudio have been given the green light

Approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the 300-home scheme marks the first phase of wider proposals to create two neighbourhoods, East Wick and Sweetwater, on the east London park.

Studio Egret West and Sheppard Robson are masterplanning the overall scheme for 1,500 homes, which also includes 10,000m² of office space,  7,200m² of retail as well as buildings by Stirling Prize-winning Alison Brooks Architects and ShedKM. 

Backed by Places for People and Balfour Beatty Investments, the first-stage development also includes a ‘neighbourhood centre’ retail and office space.

The development will sit to the east of Hawkins\Brown’s £100 million Here East overhaul of the former Olympic media complex and south of Make’s Copper Box indoor sports arena.

Andrew Atkins, development director for the East Wick and Sweetwater projects, said: ‘We are working with the local community, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets to make sure we get the right mix of affordable homes, rented homes and open-market sale homes, as well as providing space to create jobs, learning and places for the community to enjoy. We will deliver a unique place, inspired by the best of London, where people want to live, and that is a key part of building neighbourhoods at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

We have assembled a brilliant design team

‘We have assembled a brilliant design team who are ensuring that we have the highest standards of design and sustainability. We will continue working with local residents and neighbouring communities to ensure we make a place with the best contribution to an area with such a rich history.’

In 2015, the six-strong team won the scheme ahead of 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.

Work on the first phase is set to start on site later this year, with a completion date scheduled for 2019.

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.

Latest design for East Wick and Sweetwater 

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Early concept design for East Wick and Sweetwater (2015), aerial view

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

East Wick and Sweetwater - 1,500 home scheme on the Olympic Park (early visuals March 2015)

East Wick and Sweetwater - 1,500 home scheme on the Olympic Park (early visuals March 2015)

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 to consist of up to: 
- 96,000m² housing
- 9,000m² offices
- 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, two new nurseries and a health centre
• Floor space will consist of up to: 
- 67,700m² housing
- 1,000m² offices
- 8,400m² community
- 2,500m² shops 

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