Work begins on TfL’s new Stratford home
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Work has started on creating Transport for London’s new home at The International Quarter.
The building, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is expected to become home to 3,000 members of staff from autumn 2017.
Partners in the £2.1billion scheme, Lendlease and LCR, held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the 265,000 sq ft building’s construction yesterday.
Neale Coleman, chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “What better way to mark the 10th anniversary of London’s successful Olympics bid than to see even more land being used to create jobs and boost the economy of east London?”
The International Quarter is set to become one of the largest commerical developments in the capital, at a total of four million sq ft, with around 1,200 jobs created on the site.
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The aim is for as many of these as possible to be given to those living in the surrounding area, with a recent scheme set up to train unemployed Newham residents in construction resulting in four people offered jobs.
Lendlease project director on The International Quarter, Ian Crockford said: “Construction starting on the landmark Transport for London Building is a key milestone in our ambition to create the most agile, healthy and flexible workplaces in the capital.
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“The International Quarter will be London’s newest and most progressive business district, delivering significant local employment opportunities and cementing a lasting legacy for east London’s economy.”