Following the huge success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding areas now continue to grow as one of London’s newest neighbourhoods, adapting the sustainable legacy of the park's buildings and transport links to meet future needs.
Starting with the London Stadium by HOK and its neighbouring London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, we discover the site of the upcoming Culture and Education District - site to a group of some of the world’s greatest culture and educational institutions: UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL, the V&A and Sadler’s Wells, with buildings being designed by Allies and Morrison and O'Donnell and Toumey. Tracing the meanders of the River Lea tributaries that criss-cross the park, we see Hackney's thriving Copper Box Arena by Make Architects and Populous and the transformed 2012 press and media hubs now Here East by Hawkins/Brown Architects.
Hopkins Architects’ RIBA award-wining Velodrome within the Lee Valley VeloPark presides over a two-wheeler zone, while over-the-bridge the bright blue Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis centres by Stanton Williams Architects define QEOP's north boundary. Finally, our walk will discover the multi-architect designed fomer Athletes Village complex which now thrives as East Village by Fletcher Priest - also home to vital local community amenities like Chobham Academy by AHMM and the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health Centre by Penoyre & Prasad Architects.
This walk starts at Stratford Station, Westfield Exit through the ticket barrier in front of EAT.