In 2008 BSG Ecology was invited to become part of the LDA-Hargreaves design team appointed to prepare a masterplan for the Olympic Park, within which the principal venues for the 2012 London Olympic Games will reside.
This new landmark 21st century park, described as Europe’s most significant landscape project for a generation, will be the largest new London park since the Victorian era. It will be the catalyst for regeneration in East London and the centre piece of the new communities that will develop in this part of London following the Olympic Games. Following the Games the park will provide a fabulous new urban green space rich in wildlife contributing significantly to quality of life, health and enjoyment of people in east London.
Designing for People and Wildlife
New habitats will comprise wet and dry woodland, species-rich grasslands and meadows, brownfield habitats reflecting the urban past, ponds, reedbeds and marsh. Specific habitat features or wildlife installations have also been designed into the park to support key species identified in the Olympic Park Biodiversity Action Plan. These include among others, otter, kingfisher, water vole, bats, swifts, house sparrows, sand martins, amphibians, reptiles and a range of invertebrates.
The park is designed to provide world class landscapes and facilities during the Games and, with minimal cost and effort, transformation into the post Games park that will continue to provide valued habitats within a vibrant, attractive modern and sustainable park that can be enjoyed as a place for people to relax, play and exercise for years to come.
Leading on Effective Solutions
Peter Shepherd has headed up the BSG Ecology team that has worked closely with the design team of landscape architects, planners and landscape engineers to help create habitat and species designs that will deliver the Biodiversity Action Plan objectives, whilst also meeting the varying wider objectives for the park. Our experience and expertise in designing, creating and then managing habitats; and our knowledge of the ecological requirements of the key species has been vital to achieving workable and effective design solutions in a challenging and high profile setting.