UK Developments Review
London 2012 Olympic Games
Landscaping to High Standards Provides Legacy for the Future
The ODA is transforming former industrial land, much of it contaminated through years of industrial neglect, to create a total of 100 hectares of parklands that will provide a colourful setting and festival atmosphere for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.
After the Games, The southern part of the Park will focus on retaining the festival atmosphere, with riverside gardens, markets, events, cafes and bars in legacy.
The landscape and public realm contract will include hard and soft landscape works, tree planting and the construction of the concourse which will link all the venues, entrances and parklands.
The work, due to start in early 2010, will also include lighting, irrigation and drainage and delivering the London 2012 gardens stretching for one kilometre between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium and celebrating centuries of British passion for gardens and plants.
The northern area of the Park will use the latest green techniques to manage flood and rain water while providing quieter public space and habitats for hundreds of existing and rare species from kingfishers to otters.
Contractors will supply approximately 500,000 wetland plants ready for planting Spring 2010.
Two separate soft landscape contracts in the north of the Olympic Park include soil profiling, tree planting, seeding and turfing, drainage, irrigation, kerbs and paths.
Suppliers will deliver 2,000 semi-mature trees for the Olympic Park in time to begin planting in the winter of 2009 as planned.
Over the coming years suppliers will be sought for thousands of younger woodland trees shrubs and other plants.
The ODA is working with the London Development Agency (LDA) to ensure the parklands fit into the Legacy Masterplan Framework - a spatial plan for the development of the Olympic Park site after the 2012 Games, which will include the long-term management and maintenance of the parklands.
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Roger Lindley MCIM
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