Next stage of Olympic Park transformation is unveiled

11:30 01 November 2012

A CGI of what South Plaza will look like

A CGI of what South Plaza will look like

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A tree-lined promenade, interactive fountain and classic carousel will greet visitors to the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Planning permission has been granted for a new plaza in the south of the park in the area between ArcelorMittal Orbit, the Aquatics Centre and the stadium.

During the Olympics the South Plaza was occupied by temporary cafés, shops and toilet facilities.

In their place, will be a 28-acre, dynamic landscaped area dedicated to entertainment and cultural activities.

James Corner Field Operations – the landscape architects responsible for the award-winning High Line in New York – have designed the plaza.

Dennis Hone, interim chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “Achieving planning permission for the South Plaza is another milestone for the corporation, bringing us one step closer to realising Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“Over the coming months, as we inherit more of the park from the Games organisers we will be able to move on to site and begin its transformation into a new part of the city and a truly unique public space.”

“The corporation aims to open the South Park in spring 2014, following the phased opening of the North Park from July 27, 2013.

It will be a place to stroll and people-watch, with permanent food kiosks as well as occasional market stalls, magical lighting, benches, porch swings and climbable abacus ladders.

The creation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the Games will be one of the biggest construction projects in Europe.

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