Up until Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony dazzled the nation and billions of folks from around the world watching it on TV, the legacy of The Games and their impact on London was the key Olympics topic. At the moment, the convo and social media chatter are all about the gold and the athletes who are trying to achieve it. And rightly so. But, still the question looms:
What happens after The Games?
The above video was passed along to me at Living Legacy East Village, a recent press briefing about East Village – the “new name and legacy identity fo rthe London 2012 Olympic Village” – with reps from the development’s investors, Qatari Diar Delancey (a joint venture between Qatari Diar Real Estate Development Company and Delancey) and Triathlon Homes (also a joint venture, this one a public/private effort between First Base, East Thames Group and Southern Housing Group).
Obviously, the clip presents East Village in a flattering light, but I think it is thorough in explaining the plans and aspirations for such a large scale residential project.
Just a few interesting facts about East Village and the 2,818 homes that will be available for rent there from summer 2013:
- East Village has 27 hectares of land (equivalent to St James’s Park) including 5 park areas, public squares, communal
gardens, play areas and courtyards;
- East Village is home to London’s third largest park, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is also the largest park created in Europe in 150 years;
- The Village will feature an orchard with fruit that residents will be encouraged to pick. There will be four types of Bramley apple trees, as well as cooking apple, plum and pear trees.
What do you think about the London 2012 Olympic Athletes’ Village and how it will be once transformed into East Village? Do you reckon as Alex Lifschutz (Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands) purposed at the briefing that this bit of London 2012 legacy will be the new Regent’s Park?
Would you live there?