Fletcher Priest Architects are delighted that our East Village masterplan has won a Civic Trust Award, presented at a ceremony on Friday night.
Our work on the masterplan of the Stratford City site in East London over the past decade has seen it evolve from a long-term regeneration project through to construction on site. From the outset, the guiding principle was of long-term city making, creating connections between the existing town centre and onward to the Lea Valley Park. The intention has always been that the project will ultimately blur into its context, seeding transformation in the nearby neighbourhoods, encouraging social integration and connectivity with the diverse population of East London and beyond.
Initially made possible by the construction of the high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link, it created the vision, framework and process for the transformation of 73 hectares of former railway lands. The project was conceived and submitted for planning before it was accelerated by the London 2012 Olympic bid and was intended to grow in response to market demand over 20-30 years.
“We worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority, Lend Lease and Triathlon, as well as multiple architectural teams to deliver the project, and are delighted at its success.” Jonathan Kendall, Partner, Fletcher Priest Architects.
The international significance grew exponentially when London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It speaks volumes for the robustness of the design that it was able to withstand the immense scale of change. This robustness was illustrated by the way in which the project was able to accommodate the Athletes’ Village, home to 23,000 athletes and officials (inc. paralympics), before reverting to more than 2,800 homes to form a new urban community. More than 700 people have already moved into the high-quality new homes, with more set to move in.
The cultural, social, environmental and economic benefits of the project are vast. The project has delivered the transformation of a formerly inaccessible and polluted area of brownfield land, creating new public open spaces, connections to the transformed Lea Valley, new education and healthcare infrastructure and a new residential district supporting a fully mixed range of housing tenures.
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