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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Further Developments at Olympic Park

The Olympic Park in Stratford, and the area around, are definitely on a roll!  There has just been a public launch to identify suitable designers for a cultural centre to be built at a cost of around £115 million.

The riverside site will create an Olympicopolis (the language is that of Boris Johnson, Mayor of London) with sections for a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Sadler's Wells theatre, and the Washington-based Smithsonian Institute.  

The design will require a team of architects, master planners, and engineers to create something brilliantly creating, stunningly visual, and yet still deliberately functional.

Nearby will be a new campus for University College, part of London University, which has an excellent academic reputation.  Also in the vicinity will be a range of modern offices for organisations such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and Transport for London which coordinates all the public transport within London.

It seems an ambitious project at this early stage.  There will be a 25,000 square meter exhibition space for the V&A, mainly concentrating on modern design for which the UK stands out.  The 650-seat theatre for Sadler's Wells will also be home for a choreography school and hip-hop academy.

We will have to wait to see what comes about, but this certainly promises to be a further addition to an even more valuable legacy of the 2012 Olympics in London.