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New studios coming to the Olympic Park to support local artists and creatives

PUBLISHED: 12:31 06 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:31 06 July 2018

The studios are all different sizes to cater for different artists and businesses. Picture: Ciaran McCrickard Photography

The studios are all different sizes to cater for different artists and businesses. Picture: Ciaran McCrickard Photography

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A new multi-million pound studio complex aiming to support the local creative community is coming to the Olympic Park.

Each studio is decorated differently. Picture: Ciaran McCrickard PhotographyEach studio is decorated differently. Picture: Ciaran McCrickard Photography

Here East, the technology focused business park in the former Olympic media centre, will run The Trampery on the Gantry, a collection of 21 freestanding studios along the side of their existing complex.

Of the studios, 80 per cent will be offered to creative businesses already based in the area at prices Here East say will be affordable for artists and small creative businesses.

Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East, said: “Over the past two years, the vision for The Trampery on the Gantry has taken shape, involving cutting edge design and construction techniques.

“The result is a truly groundbreaking home for London’s artists and creatives.”

There will be 21 studio spaces. Picture: Ciaran McCrickard PhotographyThere will be 21 studio spaces. Picture: Ciaran McCrickard Photography

The design for the exterior of each of the units, which were done by architects Hawkins\Brown, will be individual and pay homage to the history of the area.

The 21 freestanding studios will be arranged into what has been dubbed a ‘vertical village’ along the street across two levels. The studios will sit in the large metal gantry on the side of Here East.

Each studio is a different size and shape to support the needs of different businesses.

Lyn Garner, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “Here East is already a hotbed of creativity and I am thrilled that more local creatives will be based in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“The Olympic Park and surrounding area is at the heart of the most diverse creative community in London where innovation, collaboration and new ideas thrive - what a great location to have a studio.”

It was recently announced by mayor of London Sadiq Khan that a £1.1 billion cultural hub was to be built in the Olympic Park called East Bank.

Mr Khan pledged £385 million in funding to support the project, with £151 million coming from central government and the rest coming from the institutions setting up there.

Included in the plans are new facilities for the BBC, V&A and University College London.

There will also be new theatre and gallery space.

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