The initial design concept was developed around six principal design themes reflecting the resources within and adjacent to the site. These included water, infrastructure and urban form, connectivity, topography, vegetation and biodiversity and use and activity.
GI plays a crucial role in supporting the delivery of more than 75 per cent of the commitments set out in the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA’s) Sustainable Development Strategy. These include:
- ensuring that all buildings are completely accessible by public transport, walking and cycling
- meeting biodiversity and ecology targets by creating a species-rich habitat of at least 45ha
- constructing the parklands with recycled aggregates and certified and legally sourced timbers
- conforming to all recognised inclusive design standards
- reducing carbon emissions through on-site renewables
- managing flood risk.
Delivering the legacy
The transformation and long-term legacy of the parklands was always the primary focus for investment. Of every £1 the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) spent on venues, transport and infrastructure for the Olympic Games, 75p was spent on legacy.
Management responsibilities were clearly set out in the parklands’ planning application in 2009, stating that the ODA would be responsible for operating the parklands through to their handover to the London Legacy Development Corporation after the Games. ‘Towards a 10-Year Landscape Management and Maintenance Plan’, prepared by the ODA, set out the principles required for the long-term management of the park.
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LDA Design Consulting Limited
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Urban/suburban green space
To establish an exemplary 21st-century sustainable park through a strong focus on design, innovation and creativity.
Following the wider strategic masterplanning of the site by Aecom, landscape architects LDA Design and Hargreaves Associates led the landscape masterplanning and detailed design of the parklands and public realm. Arup and Atkins were the landscape engineers, and a number of other landscape firms including HED, Vogt Landscape, Macfarlane Wilder, Grant Associates, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Place Design were also involved in the design of specific sites within and outside the park.
Featured case study in the 2013 LI publication 'Green Infrastructure: an integrated approach to land use' Photography credits: John Hyland, Peter Neal, Irene Shaw, LDA Design
Creating natural connections
Recreation, health and wellbeing
Sense of place
Improving water management