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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London

20 Jun

Queen Elizabeth Park, London opened to the public, following the London Olympics in 2012 on 5th April 2014. The park was closed for 18 months following the London 2012 Olympics to allow  for significant modifications to enable it to better function as a park. The wide pedestrian highways of the former Olympic venue were narrowed to footpaths of a more human scale, planting beds were increased in width and thousands of additional trees were planted.

The Olympic Park was originally master planned by Hargreaves Associates and LDA Design; it is the same size as Hyde Par and Kensington Gardens combined. One of the major consideration when designing this park was to minimise the importation of resources and maximise the use of on site material. This was achieved by using site derived sub soil to generate a growing medium for plants and demolition concrete which was crushed and used in gabions and sub base. Enhancing biodiversity was also an important consideration when designing the park. Significant habitats were retained and numerous habitats were created.

James Corner of Field Operations was responsible for the redesign of the south section of the park from Olympic venue to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. One of the desired outcomes of converting the Olympic venue’s infrastructure into a public park was to provide opportunity for the inhabitants of London to peruse a more healthy life style. This has been achieved by providing, amongst other things, a public aquatics centre (designed by Zaha Hadid), cycle routes, pedestrian routes and opportunity for outdoor activity. There are a number of children’s playgrounds, the Tumbling Bay Playground was covered in a previous post.

The images below attempt to capture the spirit and feel of the public realm.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Riverside Lawn

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Riverside Lawn

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Riverside Walk with Riparian Planting

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Riverside Walk with Riparian Planting

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Inclined Lawn

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Inclined Lawn

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Path Ramp

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Path Ramp

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Landings and Planting

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Landings and Planting

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Steps and Landings

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Steps and Landings

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Steps

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Steps

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Wooden Steps and Seating

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Wooden Steps and Seating

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Raised Planter

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Raised Planter

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Concrete Raised Planter

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Concrete Raised Planter

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Wooden Bench

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Wooden Bench

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Cafe Pavilion

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Cafe Pavilion

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Stand of Trees

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Stand of Trees

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Tree Pit Detail

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Tree Pit Detail

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Play Feature

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Play Feature

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London - Water Feature

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London – Water Feature

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Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

24 Sep

Tumbling Bay Playground in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was designed by Land Use Consultants and Erect Architecture it is a real inspiration for play ground design. No boundary fence, spiky planting used as part of the planting mix, natural elements used in construction and a real sense of danger in the play equipment.

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Landscape architecture

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Overview

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Overview

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Overview

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Climbing Tower

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Climbing Tower

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Climbing Logs

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Climbing Logs

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Balance Logs

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Balance Logs

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Rope Bridge

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Rope Bridge

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Balance Bridge

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Balance Bridge

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Scrambling Net

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Scrambling Net

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Risk and Play

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Risk and Play

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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