East Ham pupils come up with Olympic Park design

Pupils at Langdon School in East Ham have been taking part in a contest to come up with ideas for an open space in the Olympic Park.

Organisers at the London Legacy Development Corporation have given 10 schools the chance to attend workshops before making a model of their designs.

Arfa Begum, Sabrina Bekouche, Mahgul Ghouri, Wahiba Abdi, and Ferouze Mattan, all aged 14, came up with Intreegue. Using a tree as the focus, it contains a circular ramp and a wooden wall with slits.

Arfa said: “This has been so much fun.

“We’ve learnt about the different properties of materials such as cement, gravel and water.

“Today has been messy, but it was worth it as we’ve learnt so much about design and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It gives us a clearer idea of how to move forward with our design and what we need to do for the competition.”

The youngsters will showcase their designs at a celebration event and present their ideas and models to a panel of judges who will award the schools gold, silver and bronze prizes, in keeping with the Olympic theme.

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The LLDC appointed environmental regeneration charity Groundwork London to deliver the schools programme.

Chief executive Andrew Altman, added: “Young people are the generation that can benefit the most from the dramatic changes happening around them because of the Olympic Games.”