The North Park Hub will be a community building and play space within the wilder landscape of the North Park and will help to bring the area’s ecology to life. There will be a new play area, one of the UK’s most imaginative – with a large-scale adventure playground, sandpit and rock landscape. Here children will be able to build dens, grow plants and investigate insects, or explore ladders, slides and walkways set up amongst the trees. In the Hub building there will be a café and flexible space for schools and community groups. Timber-clad, it will both reflect and enhance the natural environment, with solar panels to produce its own green energy.
The Press and Broadcast Centres will become a new commercial district on the Park and has the potential to generate more than 4,000 jobs. iCITY has been selected as sole preferred bidder to become the long-term tenant of the Press and Broadcast Centres and aims to create a leading centre for technology and design. The digital hub would harness innovation and creativity in east London. The iCITY vision also has a community focus including a conference centre and a pedestrian square for broadcasting major sporting events, along with cafes, restaurants and bars.
When the Park begins to reopen in July 2013 there will be many more entrances to the Park from the communities that surround it, making the Park and its facilities accessible to those who live nearby. The parklands in the North Park will provide a new area of green open space for the surrounding communities of Hackney Wick and Leyton and anyone living or working on the Park. The improved waterways will also be a key feature, allowing you to sit near the reeds and look for wildlife or be more active and join a rowing or canoeing club.
In the Copper Box customers will be able to take part in or watch a vast array of sports. These will include basketball, wheelchair basketball, handball, volleyball, netball, judo, fencing, table tennis, badminton, gymnastics and taekwondo. There’ll also be a health and fitness gym, exercise studios and a café for the local community. When not hosting sporting events the Copper Box will be used for a variety of things, from a concert or comedy show to a corporate dinner.
With 3,000 permanent seats – and space for up to 15,000 spectators – the centre is the perfect permanent location for hockey after the Games. And the Centre’s already gearing up to be the venue for future national and international competitions, hosting the 2015 European Hockey Championships – the first major sporting event to take place in the Park following the Games.
The Centre will have four indoor and six outdoor courts, and share a clubhouse with the neighbouring Lee Valley Hockey Centre in the north of the Park. As well as offering state-of-the-art facilities to all players, the Centre is to run grassroots programmes developing the skills of able bodied and disabled players from a young age; inspiring a whole new generation to take up the sport.
The Athletes Village will reopen as 2818 homes. From summer 2013, people will be able to move into the renamed the East Village. It will offer different types of property available to buy or rent. For more information, take a look at eastvillagelondon.co.uk.
The main gateway to the Park will be through Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and onto the bridge which will pass by the Aquatics Centre before revealing the whole of the South Park with the Stadium in the distance. For more information on the new bridges being built into the Park click HERE
The South Park Plaza will be transformed into a 21st century twist on London's tradition of pleasure gardens. It will be beautifully landscaped and will become famous for its ever-changing programme of events and attractions, as much as a place to stroll and soak up the atmosphere. With the dramatic backdrop of the Stadium and a constantly changing programme of events it will be a place people will return to time and again.
The South Park Hub building will provide all of the facilities for this area of the Park, including a café, gift shop, toilets and information point. There will also be an international mix of food and drink available, along with a large lawn for visitors to enjoy. The South Park Hub will act as an information point for visitors to the Park as well as selling tickets to the ArcelorMittal Orbit. With a private mezzanine area for special occasions, you could even have your wedding in the shadow of the ArcelorMittal Orbit!
The ArcelorMittal Orbit dominates the skyline of the South Park and will become a key visitor attraction on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Designed by Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond, it is the UK's tallest sculpture at 114m high. With two viewing platforms, visitors can see not only across the Park, but also across London, with fantastic views of the City and Canary Wharf and as far afield as Wembley Stadium and Battersea Power Station.
Zaha Hadid's beautifully designed Aquatics Centre is situated at the entrance to the South Park. When it opens in 2014, the Aquatics Centre will become a new community and athlete swimming facility. With two 50m pools which have movable booms and floors, the Aquatics Centre is designed so that families and young children can swim happily alongside those training for world championships. It will be affordable too, with the price for a swim in line with other local pools.
The Stadium will become a mixed use venue capable of holding major international championships, such as the World Athletics Championship, confirmed for 2017. It will also host concerts, other sporting fixtures and cultural events. A process to select a tenant to the Stadium is currently underway and bids from West Ham United, Intelligent Transport Services in association with Formula One, UCFB College of Football Business and Leyton Orient are being assessed to ensure they are compliant, before being evaluated ahead of negotiations.
Stratford Station is London’s third most connected station, with 9 rail lines and 195 trains per hour. Situated just a short walk from all the facilities, it makes Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park very easy to reach from central London. It's just 7 minutes from Stratford International Station to Kings Cross St Pancras and 15 minutes to Bank from Stratford Station. International trains are planned to stop at Stratford International in the future.
The Canal Park will be a new park running on the east side of the Lea Navigation Canal and the western edge of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A link between the existing communities and emerging neighbourhoods it will be a locally focussed active waterfront. In early life it will create a fantastic setting for the interim use sites to the east, while over time will become a beautiful waterfront setting for homes and businesses.