Green space aids Olympic bid

Green space provision plays essential role in Olympic bid

Provision for open spaces has emerged as a key element in London’s 2012 Olympic bid. East London’s Lee Valley Regional Park will be the site of the main facilities if the bid is successful. The park’s director of communications, Peter Warren, said: “We’re looking for a considerable environmental legacy from the games in terms of open spaces. “I don’t think we could put in a bid that didn’t look at the environment. Economic regeneration is fine, but there also needs to be social regeneration, green space, public space and legacy sports facilities,” he continued. “I don’t think the Government should approve a bid that doesn’t have considerable emphasis on green space.” Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has also promised regeneration of the capital’s environment will be central to London’s bid. The mayor was speaking at London’s City Hall last week, where bid leader Barbara Cassani announced plans for a consortium led by San Francisco-based urban design firm EDAW and St Louis sports architects’ practice HOK Sports to draw up the masterplan for the Lower Lee Valley, which will be presented to the International Olympic Council at the end of the year. The plan will include the venues and infrastructure needed to deliver the games, the location of key Olympic facilities and their relationship with transport, public spaces, local ecology and landscape. Livingstone said: “Our gift to the Olympic movement and to Londoners will be to transform 600ha of the derelict and disadvantaged Lower Lee Valley into a revitalised, sustainable, 21st-century urban quarter.”

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