The landscaping and public realm project in the Athletes’ Village site has been designed by Vogt Landscape and will create 10ha of new parklands, wetlands and open space
As the first stage of landscaping work gets under way, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced that the landscaping and public realm project in the Athletes’ Village site will create 10ha of new parklands, wetlands and open space, including play areas, cycling facilities and recreation spaces. The site has been designed by Vogt Landscape and more than 2,000 new trees and 100,000 wetland and wildflower plants are included in the plans.
ODA Chairman John Armitt said: “The Athletes’ Village will not only deliver essential new homes for Londoners, it will create new parks, trees, play areas and open spaces that can be enjoyed by new and existing communities for generations to come. The construction of the Village is firmly on track and, with landscaping works now under way, we will start to see a series of new green open spaces take shape between the new homes being built.”
Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: “We recognise the importance of the public realm in our plans for the Village. The overall calm environment is crucially important to an athlete away from the venues and the crowds of the Games. The mature designs planned demonstrate that we care about the athletes’ wellbeing by creating a peaceful oasis. The Village has a permanence and maturity and will have the same lasting impact on its residents after the Games.”