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Mace scoops work on Stratford's East Bank

Mace has scooped a contract to serve as project manager on the East Bank development in Stratford.

Formerly known as Olympicopolis, the East Bank development comprises schemes including the V&A East museum, Sadler’s Wells East theatre, a London College of Fashion campus and a BBC concert hall.

The London Legacy Development Corporation, which is responsible for the regeneration of London’s East End following the 2012 Olympics, has appointed Mace as project and construction manager on the scheme.

The procurement process for a contractor has also begun.

Mace has worked with the LLDC since 2011 on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and on further legacy projects such as the regeneration of Stratford waterfront’s cultural and education district.

The development is expected to open in phases from 2022.

Mace chief operating officer for consultancy Jason Millett said: “It’s a privilege to have been selected to deliver this major new cultural district and continue our successful relationship with the London Legacy Development Corporation at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

It marks the next step forward in the construction of the scheme after LLDC executive director for marketing and strategy Ben Fletcher confirmed to Construction News in July last year that the East Bank development was being rescoped, ahead of expected changes to rules for tall buildings in the area.

This followed a row over the construction of Manhattan Loft Gardens, which critics argued had spoiled the protected view of St Paul’s Cathedral from Richmond Park.

Speaking last July, Mr Fletcher said: “It’s largely a design and architectural issue. We are now having to just slightly re-shape our plans to make sure we’re compliant with what we anticipate will be the new rules.”

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