Geography - Case Study on the Development of Stratford Because of the Olympics

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Megan Barringer – Olympic Case Study
The 2012 Olympics were held in Stratford in the East of London, many of the events took place here. The Olympic park covered an area of 500 acres which features the new built Olympic stadium, the London aquatics centre, the basketball arena, the London velopark and the riverbank arena. Boxing, fencing, judo, table tennis etc. was in the river zone which is located both sides of the River Thames in the Thames gateway area. The central zone which includes venues such as the Wembley stadium (where the finals of football competitions took place) also the Wembley Arena (Badminton) and Wimbledon (Tennis), covered most of central and West London.

Stratford was chosen because the London bid team persuaded the 10c that this part of East London was in need of regeneration. Stratford was also chosen because the bid also proved that the area had potential, Javelin trains would take only 7 minutes from London and also the rivers in the area could make the Olympic park look beautiful. Also alongside the old network of river and canals there was plenty of room for new development. This has been one of the most compact Olympic parks – only about 2 ½ square kilometres.

Reasons for development:

Social: Will bring almost 5,000 homes to Stratford.
Will bring almost 30,000 jobs to Stratford.
A new Drop-in health centre.
New Youth facilities.
New Primary care centre.
Library.
Places of worship.
Two new schools.

Economic:
Development will transform rundown rail lands into major shopping and business location. 120 shops and cafes.

Environmental:
Olympic village will be converted into permanent homes.
The development will attract homes, businesses and visitors because it will look improved and welcoming. Wide variety of open space.
Visionary urban design, architecture and transport projects. The...
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