As London’s Olympic summer draws to a close, it will be remembered as much for the glorious Olympic Park which will get the royal seal of approval in being renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and dubbed as ‘no ordinary park’ when it is officially re-opened in July 2013.
This will provide a great legacy for what remained until a few years ago, a wasteland in more ways than one as the soil was seriously contaminated by decades of industrial effluence.
Whilst LDA Design and Hargreaves Associates were the landscape architects for the North Park with planting design by Nigel Dunnett and Sarah Price, James Corner’s Field Operations are the successful bidders to transform the South Plaza into a 55 acre park. This will encompass a series of outdoor rooms to include an amphitheatre, a carousel, a climbing arena and spaces reserved for concerts and picnics, even some hanging gardens some 10m above ground level. This final phase of the redevelopment will open in Spring 2014