New London Architecture Walking Tour - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Explore the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – one of the many areas undergoing massive renewal in London.
The 2012 Olympics site expanded its legacy role with two live/work schemes in the International Quarter London, a new neighbourhood in the heart of Stratford by Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners. The project is nearing completion with a timber framed public hub – the IQL Pavilion by Coffey Architects – and the existing Manhattan Lofts Gardens scheme by SOM at Stratford International Station – the tallest building in the area.
Along the River Lea waterfront East Bank masterplan architects Allies and Morrison and co-architects O’Donnell +Tuomey and Camps Felip Arquitecturia have begun a series of future homes for renowned institutions including the BBC, V&A, Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion and Washington’s Smithsonian Collection.
To the south of the Park is a vast new campus for UCL East led by architects Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandlilands is underway. To the west the Hawkins\Brown retrofitted 2012 Broadcasting Centre, now called Here East, supplies London’s acute need for flexible, affordable, small-scale workspace in its new extension The Gantry. Here East is now home to BT Sport and The Bartlett, plus a new East London V&A Collection and Research Centre by US architects Diller Scofidio+Renfro. The pivotal 2012 Games icons – Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Centre, Michael Hopkins’ Velodrome, HOK’s London Stadium and Make’s Copper Box – complete this jam-packed tour.
This walk starts at Stratford Station, Westfield Exit through the ticket barrier in front of Pret a Manger Ends at Stratford International Station.
Image Jon Reid © Arch Photos