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London 2012 Olympic Games

The central venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games was the largest contaminated brownfield site in any capital city, the legacy of an industrial past. The Olympic Games will bring prosperity through urban renewal to a derelict wasteland that has laid dormant for many years, although just a few kilometres from the heart of London, being too expensive to clean up for normal redevelopment.

Contaminated City Wastelands To Futuristic Urban Parklands

The central venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games was the largest contaminated brownfield site in any capital city, the legacy of an industrial past. The Olympic Games will bring prosperity through urban renewal to a derelict wasteland that has laid dormant for many years, although just a few kilometres from the heart of London, being too expensive to clean up for normal redevelopment.

Although close to the commercial city of London, the land, on which there was once a chemical plant, was so heavily contaminated with dioxins and other potentially serious risks to health that the cost of cleaning was too high for any developer.
demolition of old industrial units at site for Olympic ParkEven the local authorities baulked at the costs, even though the 2.5 km² of brownfield land would have been useful for residential and commercial developments.

The catalyst for change came when Great Britain was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games. This was the opportunity the city had been waiting for to justify the huge clearing-up expense. It could now be done as part of a much grander project to revitalise the areas to the east of London.

Whether the futuristic drawings will ever come to fruition is open to debate and economic reality, but certainly, the legacy for the future will be the development of parklands, amenities, residential, commercial and light industrial development in a part of the country that has, over decades, been the poor relations.

It is only in the past decade that old warehouses from the former Port of London have been converted into apartments, condominiums and houses. The areas to the east of the city have now become a place to live rather than the place to avoid.

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