This was the reason why London bid for the Games. So we were delighted to play a role in shaping a sustainable legacy for East London from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As strategic sustainability advisors and community engagement leaders for the 2012 Legacy Masterplan Framework, we listened to local people and applied our expertise using a unique Sustainability Protocol to shape the plans for five new neighbourhoods around the Olympic Park.
Working as part of a team led by EDAW, KCAP and Allies and Morrison, we helped to define the practical meaning of ‘a sustainable legacy’ and translate it into proposals for physical, social and economic regeneration – including thousands of new homes – on behalf of the London Development Agency. Using a bespoke Sustainability Protocol which translated local aspirations, stakeholder expectations, statutory policies and design team ideas into 60 project-specific objectives and indicators, we made the case for conceiving a plan based on five new walkable neighbourhoods integrated across the site boundary with existing East London neighbourhoods at Stratford, Leyton and Hackney. Also for building on the platform of infrastructure investment already made for the Games with new streets and public realm that would make everyday activity the signature of legacy communities.
We also designed and ran a comprehensive programme of stakeholder and community consultation events on behalf of the client and consultant team. This garnered thousands of responses and fed directly into the masterplanning exercise.
As the plan for legacy continues to evolve, we’re delighted to see that many of our ideas are at the heart of delivery planning.