Client Gohar Hayat, Skanska Infrastructure Services
Designer David Thompson, LDA Design
Architect James Corner Field Operations
Suppliers Brooks Bros (UK), The Fountain Workshop, Waterscapes, Freelands Horticulture, Paynes Turf
James Corner Field Operations has redesigned a 55-acre piece of the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It includes a tree-lined promenade that opens up to a series of outdoor rooms, separated by tall grasses. These active spaces host a classic carousel, amphitheatre, play areas and a play space with a climbing wall. There are also spaces for picnics, concerts and other events. The design includes a variety of trees and plants native to the local area and a 14,000m2 outdoor lawn. This open green space will be the setting for concerts, festivals and cultural events. The Plaza is the centrepiece of the South Park.
"This project saw the transition of the Olympic Park’s South Park and Carpenter’s Lock areas into legacy under tight completion deadlines.
"The amount of work achieved in such a short space of time is breathtaking and, given the scale of the project, the finish is remarkable. Exceptional planning, project management and attention to detail are all in evidence.
"This scheme is an exemplar of how to achieve a project of this scale to a tight deadline without compromising standards."
Sponsor: Horticultural services by Sodexho