The Making of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
This is the story of The Making of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by the Olympic Delivery Authority. Situated in east London adjacent to Victoria Park, one of the world’s earliest public parks built in the 19th century, the Park provides an innovative blueprint for contemporary urban park design and is recognised as an exemplar sustainable development for the 21st century. As a primary legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Park was conceived as a new piece of sustainable city, transforming a largely neglected, contaminated, post-industrial district, into a new community for up to 20,000 residents, shifting the centre of gravity of London eastwards.
Written by those at the heart of the project, it draws significantly on contributions from the many experts who have shaped and guided the creation of the Park, including interviews with the key players responsible for delivering the project. It provides the only authoritative account of the planning, design and construction of the Park beginning with the bid to host the games, setting out its historical, philosophical and physical context; describing the strategic fit within the Thames Gateway, Lower Lea Valley and Stratford City; explaining how One Planet Living principles developed by WWF and BioRegional underpinned sustainability throughout the project; and concludes with a ‘Walk in Park’ capturing its essence for both Games and Legacy.
Richly illustrated, it is a unique reference for those involved in the planning, design, delivery and management of sustainable urban parks and new communities on post-industrial and other land, and those seeking to host future Games and other large-scale international events.
Foreword – Sir Nicholas Serota 8
Introduction – The Power of the Games 12
Chapter One – Start with the Park 22
Interview: Alison Nimmo CBE 36
Interview: Jason Prior & Bill Hanway 46
Chapter Two – Delivering the Park 60
Interview: Sir David Higgins 66
Interview: Ian Galloway OBE & Matt Heal 80
Chapter Three – Planning and Designing the Park 104
Interview: George Hargreaves 116
Interview: Andrew Harland & Neil Mattinson 140
Interview: Sarah Price 154
Chapter Four – Constructing the Park 166
Interview: Simon Wright OBE 180
Interview: Tom Armour & Bill Grose / Alison Braham & Martyn Lass MBE 190
Interview: Professor Nigel Dunnett & James Hitchmough 210
Chapter Five – A Walk in the Park 228
Interview: Dennis Hone 236
Interview: Sir John Armitt 244
Afterword – Professor James Corner 260
Schedule of Teams Involved in the Project 264
Picture Credits 286
John Hopkins DipLA MLA FLI ASLA is a landscape architect, environmental planner and urban designer. He was project sponsor for the parklands and public realm at the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2007 to 2011 and is currently visiting professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Greenwich.
Peter Neal BA (Hons), DipLA, MDes, Dip Ecology, FLI is a landscape architect, environmental planner and urban designer. He was head of public space at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment from 2003 to 2011 and has acted as an adviser to the Olympic Delivery Authority for the Parklands and Public Realm since 2006. He currently runs his own landscape planning and design consultancy specializing in urban parks and the public realm.