New Images Of Olympic Park Revealed

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 96 months ago
New Images Of Olympic Park Revealed
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Canalside living.
Canalside living.
A view of a crescent in the north of the park.
A view of a crescent in the north of the park.
View of the south plaza.
View of the south plaza.
24219_olympark_aerial.jpg
Canalside living.
Canalside living.
A view of a crescent in the north of the park.
A view of a crescent in the north of the park.
View of the south plaza.
View of the south plaza.

In addition to yesterday's announcement that the Olympic Park will be named after Queen Elizabeth, the Olympic Park Legacy Company has also released a number of images showing how the park will be redesigned once the Games have concluded. Further details should be available here, although rather embarrassingly they're currently offline as the OPLC has elected to distribute them using a Dropbox account for which they evidently haven't bought enough bandwith.

The new plans mark a shift away from the high rises previously planned (now inevitably dubbed "soulless") and an increase in the number of family-sized dwellings: these will now number 40% of the 8,000 homes on the site, and many will have private gardens. Very few of the buildings will rise over five storeys.

As a CGI-flecked vision it certainly looks impressive, but is it such low-rise sprawl a good model for a growing city where space is already at a premium? Dave Hill reckons not, and thinks that, with the emphasis at yesterday's press conference on London's Georgian past, it's a sign that the Tories have taken over the Games.

The BBC has a simulated video walkthrough of the park.

Last Updated 08 October 2010