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London 2012: Plans unveiled for post-Games Olympic Park community centre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 June 2012

Indicative CGI image of the proposed North Park community hub at the Olympic Park

Indicative CGI image of the proposed North Park community hub at the Olympic Park

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Detailed proposals of a new “community hub” on the Olympic Park have been released for the first time.

The London Legacy Development Corporation, the body in charge of renovating the site after the Games, has submitted plans for a timber clad centre and garden.

Set within green space in the North Park, the building and play space will contain play facilities for youngsters to build dens, grow plants, climb trees and play on a series of platform walkways, slides and bridges connected to trees.

There will also be sand and water play activities where budding engineers can create dams and locks to mimic the changes made to the River Lea after the Games.

They will be centred around a hub building with a café, reception area, offices, toilets with space for schools and community groups.

LLDC bosses plan for the hub, created with the firm Erect Architecture, will be opened on July 27 2013.

Chief executive Andrew Altman said: “The North Park will be one of the most beautiful green spaces in London with wetlands, clean waterways and beautiful parklands for everyone to enjoy.

“This hub will be at the heart of community life. We have designed an area that not only serves visitors, but encourages them to learn about the natural environment around them.

“By submitting these plans now, we aim to begin work on site as soon as the Games finish.”

The centre itself will be timber clad to fit in with the natural environment with solar panels added to its roof for green energy.

The community hub will cover 1.75 hectares in total, with the building 550 sq m in area. Its café will seat 72 people inside and a further 120 outside.

Barbara Kaucky, director at Erect Architecture, said: “We are confident that the facilities will become a go-to location for both locals and visitors from further afield.

“As local architects, the extraordinary Olympic project has been growing on our doorstep.

“It is a great feeling to be able to play a role in ensuring that the Games leave behind a sustainable legacy.”

The outside space will include a community events lawn which will be enclosed by a multi-stemmed hazel copse.

An artist is currently being commissioned by the LLDC to create a series of play activities for children in the garden.


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