Olgeography - GCSE - London Regeneration. The London Olympics of 2012 was a fantastic sporting spectacle and put the spotlight of the World on our capital city.
Part of the aims of the Olympics was to completely transform an area of East London that is lagging behind the rest, East London. The idea was to leave a lasting legacy or impact not just for sport but for the urban area in the East of London. The London 2012 Olympic Legacy was a plan to make sure that the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games had LONG TERM BENEFITS. This legacy was to cover 4 main areas; 1. Economic – supporting new jobs and skills, encouraging trade, inward investment and tourism 2. THE REGENERATION OF STRATFORD- WAS IT ALL WORTH IT? Olympics legacy: Did the Games succeed in rejuvenating East London? A group of east London teenagers were among those streaming towards a gleaming new Stratford Underground station after the fireworks had faded at the Opening Ceremony on 27 July 2012.
They had been given last-minute golden tickets to the ceremony and were excited, but too savvy to swallow all of the hype about regeneration in their backyard. Tarome Hemmings, a 19-year-old student from Hackney summed up their reservations. “It feels like you’re part of history to be here,” he said. “But we need to make sure that the legacy is more than just talk.” Almost a year later and that gleaming Tube station they were walking towards is still one of the most tangible signs that the Games provided something more than talk for east London. Stratford Renaissance Partnership - developing Stratford as London's eastern hub. Stratford: then and now - Stratford before the Olympics.
It cost £9 billion to bring the Olympic Games to Stratford, and despite years of public apprehension, London’s reaction was unanimous and emphatic: it was so worth it.
With the Games long since over and the Olympic site in full-on Legacy Mode, we thought it was high time we took a closer look at how those Olympic millions have turned one of London’s most deprived areas into a shiny new postcode to be proud of. Drag the slider handles from side to side to compare old and new, and share your favourite Stratford memories in the comments box below. 'Fridge Mountain', 2006. London Olympics has brought regeneration, but at a price locals can’t afford. The London Olympics claimed that its most enduring legacy would be “the regeneration of an entire community for the direct benefit of everyone who lives there”.
It is clear however, four year on, that without a rethink the housing legacy will be marked by the rapid gentrification of Stratford and surrounding areas and a negligible gain of genuinely affordable housing. From the start there was a degree of vagueness about what the housing legacy would be, though terms such as “much” and “many” were used in reference to the proportion of affordable housing that would be provided and this won over opposition to the demolition of existing housing.
There was also tension between the vision of the Greater London Authority with ambitions for 50% affordable housing on new developments and the London Borough of Newham which while supportive was keen to encourage more market housing in Stratford. It was always assumed that the Olympic Park itself would be a key dimension of housing legacy.
Olympic Park legacy starting to fulfil its huge expectations. Legacy is often judged on the reuse of the landmark stadia – the most fundamentally unsustainable asset within the whole of an Olympic Park – according to Nigel Hugill, the executive chairman of developer Urban & Civic.
“Let’s start with the proposition that the least regenerative asset in an Olympic Park is the stadium,” he says. Not so in London. Premier League football club West Ham is moving in – albeit with dedicated funds from Government and a significant capital investment from the club itself, which will also pay an annual usage fee for the duration of its lease.
The club’s commercial activities will be run from there and players will train on the pitch as well as play all home games from the start of the 2016-17 season. What West Ham's new stadium will look like.