Plans for the transformation of the Olympic Park post-games have been revealed, with the first phase set to be completed exactly a year after the games begin.
Bam Nuttall was chosen to carry out the work under two contracts worth a combined £76m, after it fended off competition from major contractors including Balfour Beatty and Carillion with more than 140 bids submitted for the work.
The new park will combine parklands and waterways, new neighbourhoods and sports and entertainment venues.
As well as iconic permanent venues such as the Olympic Stadium and Velodrome, the Park will be defined by two distinct areas: the river valley in the north, and a 50 acre urban landscape in the south.
The North Park will include a nature-themed community hub and playground while the community area, the South Plaza, will sit between the Stadium, Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
Work will include clearing temporary venues, bridges, walkways and roads, building infrastructure to connect the park to the surrounding area with new roads, cycle and foot paths; and to complete permanent venues, bridges and parklands.
Removal of Athletes Training Centre at Eton Manor, Basketball Arena, Water Polo, warm-up track and Games-time security areas and spectator stands.
Building connections to around 9.5 km of the Games’ road network, new footways and cycle paths and reconfiguration of 30 Games’ bridges and underpasses to improve public access.
Doubling the amount of parkland to 102 hectares including the planting of a further 2,000 trees, ten hectares of meadow, new lawns and two large allotment sites
Conversion of the Press Centre and Broadcast Centre site by removing the catering village and gantry to prepare for incoming tenant, and adding of photovoltaic panels and cladding to the car park
Create the Lee Valley VeloPark, including the addition of a 1.6 km outdoor cycle circuit, a 6.5 km mountain bike trail, the regrading of the BMX circuit and internal work to the Velodrome
Create the Lee Valley Tennis Centre and Lee Valley Hockey Centre on the Eton Manor site for Hockey and Tennis
Internal fit-out of the Multi-Use Arena for public use
Reinstate 12 football pitches at East Marsh
Create a nature themed community hub in the North Park
Create a visitor centre and landscaped events space to be known as the South Plaza
The North Park will open in July 2013 and will house a 7,500 capacity indoor entertainment venue along with a yearly programme of high profile sports and concerts.
Visitors will be able to access the Park through entrances in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, in addition to pedestrian access through Eton Manor. The remainder of the North Park will open at the end of 2013, and will include the Lee Valley VeloPark and more access points for visitors.
The South Plaza will open in Easter 2014 and will include iconic venues including the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Aquatics Centre.
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority chief executive Shaun Dawson said: “Building legacy into the London 2012 Games from the outset means we will be running three world class venues on Olympic Park from December 2013.
“Lee Valley VeloPark, which will have the iconic Velodrome at its heart, Lee Valley Tennis Centre and Lee Valley Hockey Centre – which will host the 2015 European Hockey Championships – will see huge amounts of community use at world class facilities while giving the public the chance to see top level sport.”