Plans for a new cultural quarter in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Plans for a new cultural quarter in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Last month the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan set out a £1.1bn vision for East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This new centre of culture, education, innovation and growth, will provide new homes for the London College of Fashion, the BBC’s music-recording operations, a new Victoria & Albert Museum outpost and a 550-seat Sadler’s Wells theatre. In addition, alongside these significant cultural assets, will be 600 new homes.

BSG Ecology has provided ecological advice to the project team led by Allies and Morrison working closely with LDA Design the landscape architect. This is a highly urban site on the banks of the River Lea, yet in line with the Biodiversity Action Plan for the Legacy stage of the Olympic Park, integrating biodiversity into the public realm designs and new architecture has been a high priority.

Dr Peter Shepherd of BSG Ecology, who also provided the ecological design advice to the masterplan for the Olympic Park, said: “It is a real pleasure to be working with LDA Design again on the next stage of the Olympic project.  Building biodiversity into this part of the park has been a tough challenge. However, as with the wider park the team on this project have worked creatively to deliver biodiversity assets in all aspects of the design”

The new quarter will not only provide a vibrant new place for local residents and visitors but will also include green and brown roofs, wildlife installations and new ornamental planting that maximises benefits for wildlife.

Image: Courtesy of LDA Design

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