LDA and Peter Brett Associates (PBA) chosen to help maximise the potential of inland waterways in one of the largest regeneration areas in Europe
The two firms are working together to draw up a waterspace strategy and delivery plan for the Lower Lea Valley.
Straddling the River Lea, the area stretches from Hackney marshes to the River Thames, and contains the Olympic Park and the Stratford City development.
The aim is that the rejuvenated waterways will help drive the local economy and give new life to an area that is a regional asset.
Neil Mattinson, partner, LDA Design, added: “The waterspace study will identify key areas through which the inland waterways can achieve their full potential to drive economic benefits and regeneration of the communities and public spaces along the River Lea corridor in its lower reaches.”
A first draft of the strategy will be submitted to British Waterways London and the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation by the end of January.
It is designed to ensure that regeneration plans allow for commercial and leisure activity on and off the water, to identify new waterscape features that could be created.
Philip Wright, LLP Director for PBA, said: “The vision for Lower Lea Valley, one of the largest regeneration areas in the UK, is to create a world-class destination where opportunities for water-based leisure and commercial activities can flourish.