BDP gives green focus for post-Olympic site

BDP's designs for student accommodation in the Olympic Park include extensive green spaces.

Another jigsaw piece in the completion of the Olympic Park has fallen into place after a student campus with formal and naturalistic landscape received the go-ahead.

The Olympic Delivery Authority approved the Unite campus, which will be the first building to be completed in the post-games park in 2014. This followed last week's news that Landscape Group had won the park maintenance contract.

The site for the campus is at the end of Stratford City's new boulevard, close to the Olympic sports venues. A tower will overlook an internal courtyard with trees and flower beds, part of 2,000sq m of landscape snaking between buildings.

This will lead on to larger expanses of landscape overlooking the river. A series of terraces and a roof-top conservatory will help give green definition to the accommodation, which will include more than 900 rooms.

Other features include green roofs, storm-water attenuation and a combined heat and power system powered by sustainable biofuel to provide all the heating and hot water.

Landscape architects and architects from BDP are tackling the job, the most recent in a string of high-profile projects across the world.

Chief executive Peter Drummond said: "There is huge contrast in dealing with economic uncertainty in the west and the massive investment in India and China. Our distinctive humanistic approach to place-making creates a strong position for us in both circumstances."


2,000 - Square metres of green space weaving between campus buildings

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