Plexal is Europe’s largest innovation hub, based on the 1.2 million square-foot former London Olympics Press & Broadcast centre. Over 800 technology startups and corporate innovation teams converge at Plexal to imagine, design and create connected products that improve our lives. Plexal is dedicated to providing a world-class holistic suite of business services: innovation & accelerator programmes, in-house professional services, a makers lab for rapid prototyping, entrepreneurship training, mentorship, industry-leading events and so much more.
The centre is designed by ENTIQ, best known for Level39, Innovate Finance and Cognicity.
The Architectural Sporting Heritage of Hackney Marsh
This circular guided walk from Stratford looks at some of the former London 2012 Olympic venues, which are in daily use, but also takes you back through 160 years. We’ll visit the sites of two former running tracks, a greyhound stadium, and a big sports clubhouse which have all disappeared. Evidence of other sites still linger on.
Your guide, Alan Tucker, has lived in Bow since 1985, and watched the development of the 2012 Olympic Park with interest. He’s been researching this area for years and will bring out maps, drawings and photos to show you fleeting memories of long gone sporting venues.
The walk runs on Tues 6th June at 6.30pm, Sun 11th June at 11am, and Sun 25th June at 11am. It costs £10 per person. Join Alan on this walk to enjoy the present architecture and landscape, learn about the future, and be amazed by the past.
Jacob Steinberg from The Guardian wrote a few weeks ago this excellent blog about West Ham’s first season at the London Stadium.
That closeness, that claustrophobia, has been conspicuous by its absence this season. Because of the running track, the players struggle to feel the atmosphere and the distance from the pitch prevents the crowd from getting on top of visiting teams. The place simply feels too big for a team of West Ham’s stature and it was striking to hear Pep Guardiola make that point after City’s 5-0 win in the FA Cup in January. “Today we controlled a bit more, through the passes,” Guardiola said. “The pitch, the stadium, helped us in that sense. It looks like it’s bigger. It’s an impression.”
The pitch at Upton Park was 100.5m x 68m, while the London Stadium is five metres longer and the same width. However Guardiola’s comments echoed ones made by Sir Trevor Brooking, who warned that teams would raise their game at Stratford. The psychological impact of playing in a stadium regarded as a soft touch should not be underestimated. Without that home advantage, West Ham’s frailties become more exposed. Tottenham are likely to enjoy themselves on Friday evening.