London 2012; Building designs for East Bank unveiled

Stratford Waterfront. Image via Mayor of London.

 

Press release by Mayor of London:

Mayor unveils £1.1bn vision for East Bank
05 June 2018

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today set out his £1.1bn vision for East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – a new powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth, and welcomed a £151m contribution now secured by the Government.

Sadiq unveiled new plans and building designs for Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion (part of University of the Arts London) and the V&A including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, across Stratford Waterfront.

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London 2012; London Festival of Architecture 2018 – Of Silt, Rust and Chemicals – A talk about the new Olympic Legacy project at Hackney Wick Station

Of Silt, Rust and Chemicals
– A talk about the new Olympic Legacy project at Hackney Wick Station

In 2014 Landolt + Brown, working in collaboration with architect trained artist Wendy Hardie, were appointed to design an Olympic Legacy project at Hackney Wick Station, including a new public connection beneath the railway and associated public realm.

The design, embedding art within its process from the start, explores overlapping narratives drawn from the Lee River, its canal and lost chemical industries. It embraces the massive concrete structures required to form a new underpass, exposing and building on this weighty character to reflect the silt, mud flats and willows of the Lee. Its surfaces change from saw-tooth profile – drawing on the canal’s sheet piled edges and factory folding screens– to board-cast concrete stairs echoing the twisting bark and trunks of the weeping willows. A debossed frieze cast into the underpass is based on the chemical compounds of dyes, plastic and petroleum once produced at Hackney wick. A 35m continuous chain of glass hexagons, drawn from molecular chemistry, runs the length of the subway, creating a shimmering environment evoking memories of the compressed, enigmatic spaces under the canal towpath bridges. Canopies forming the underpass entrance are built of heavy-gauge, plated, weathering steel reinforcing the Wick’s gritty, industrial character.

The talk on site will be led by the architect with contributions from the collaborating artist, project engineers and the client team. The talk is free but please book using the Eventbrite link.

June 14, 2018
18:30 – 20:00
Admission: FREE
Tickets/Booking: Eventbrite

Venue
Hackney Wick Station
Hackney Wick Station Wallis Road London E9 5LH
The main entrance is from the south, via White Post Lane.

Organiser
Landolt + Brown Architects
Website: www.landoltandbrown.com
Twitter: @LandoltandBrown
Instagram: @landoltbrown

 

Source: Website London Festival of Architecture

London 2012; Major League Baseball in former Olympic Stadium

© Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games

 

Press release by London Stadium:


LONDON STADIUM TO HOST MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN JUNE 2019

London Stadium will be the first venue in Europe to host Major League Baseball, when the New York Yankees and the Boston Reds Sox meet at the venue in June 2019.

The landmark fixtures, forming MLB’s London Series 2019, will see the sport played in the UK for the very first time, as part of a double header between baseball’s two most-famous teams over the weekend of 28 and 29 June 2019.

MLB have played regular season games Mexico, Japan, Australia & Puerto Rico, but have never ventured to Europe, and this will be the first time that the Yankees & Red Sox rivalry has been contested outside of the USA.

Graham Gilmore, CEO of London Stadium185 said:

“As a venue, we are immensely proud to be hosting the MLB’s international series at London Stadium in 2019.

“The event will see London Stadium further its aims to become the most widely used stadium in Europe, having hosted Premier League football, world athletics, international & domestic rugby union and league, Race of Champions in 2015 and inviting some of the world’s biggest musical names to perform in concert at the venue each summer.

“Our team delivered what has been widely lauded as the best IAAF World Athletics Championships and the IPC World ParaAthletics Championships in 2017, and we have scheduled our most expansive concert series yet for the summer of 2018. We are relishing the opportunity to work with MLB for their international series next summer.

“The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox rekindling their rivalry in the UK for the very first time, at London Stadium, will provide yet another incredible sporting spectacle which the entire city can be proud of.

“We look forward to welcoming the MLB, teams and fans to London Stadium for the first year of what we hope to be a fruitful, long term partnership.”

The Boston Red Sox have been designated the home side for both fixtures.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said:

“Since I became Mayor, I have been determined to bring baseball to our city and I am really pleased we have been able to reach what is an historic agreement.

“I’m committed – as is MLB – to ensure baseball has a long-term future over many years in London.”

London 2012; Olympic Stadium – Opening & Closing Ceremony transition time lapse

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Opening Ceremony

Taken from a camera located within the Olympic Stadium, this time lapse shows 80 hours of footage as the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is dismantled and the stadium ‘transitioned’ in readiness for the start of the athletics.

A huge team of crew and contractors worked around the clock using 6 cranes and 22 forklifts to remove over 320 truck loads of equipment from the stadium.

 

Closing Ceremony

Taken from a camera located within the Olympic Stadium, this time lapse shows the last day of athletics and then the 18 hours before the start of the Closing Ceremony on the 12th August 2012.
A crew of over 700 installed 93 truck loads of equipment including the 3,048 square meter main stage, 8,800 square meters of scenic floor covering and associated scenery.

After the Closing Ceremony is complete, the turf is removed and track protection gets laid in readiness for the start of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony load in.

London 2012; Mayor of London’s independent review of London Stadium released

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Yesterday, the Mayor of London (Sadiq Khan) published an independent review into the finances of the London Stadium. The review was commissioned in March 2017.

The London Stadium was built for the 2012 Olympic Games and has been converted into a multi-purpose stadium in recent years. The stadium is home to West Ham United FC and UK Athletics, but it also hosts other major sporting events and concerts.

 

Press release Mayor of London

London Stadium: Mayor publishes critical independent review
​​The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today published an independent review into the true scale of the mismanagement of the London Stadium by the former Mayor, revealing a catalogue of errors that led to transformation costs soaring and a bungled decision that has left the taxpayer to foot an annual loss of around £20 million.

Sadiq has also announced he is now taking over control of the London Stadium to put it on a more secure financial footing and – through the London Legacy Development Corporation – is putting together a plan to ensure its long-term future as a world-class multi-purpose venue and to continue providing community benefits.

The review by forensic accountants Moore Stephens, commissioned by Sadiq in March this year, reveals for the first time how decisions made by Boris Johnson led to the taxpayer shouldering the cost and financial risk – rather than West Ham United – for the transformation of the London Stadium following the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It shows the decisions to transform the stadium and to accept the terms of West Ham’s second bid as anchor tenants were made based on incorrect financial estimates and a failure to fully understand or investigate the commercial risks to the taxpayer.

 

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Press release Newham Council

Newham Council agrees future ownership and legacy benefits of London Stadium

​​Newham Council has today agreed a deal to help secure a sustainable future for the London Stadium and deliver the Olympic and Paralympic legacy promises made to its residents.​

The deal will see Newham retire from the ownership of the London Stadium in return for community and regeneration benefits for all Newham residents over the next 100 years.

The council’s long term vision of the London Stadium as a world-class, vibrant and multi-purpose stadium, has been achieved. The stadium anchors Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP), which continues to draw investment and regeneration to Newham and wider East London.

 

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Statement by West Ham United FC

Following the release of the Mayor of London’s independent review of London Stadium today, West Ham United have issued the following statement:

“As the report confirms, the Concession Agreement is a watertight, legally binding contract signed in 2013 in good faith by West Ham United, who remain absolutely committed to its terms for the entire 99-year duration.

“We have delivered everything we committed to within the Concession Agreement, and act as the primary vehicle for London Stadium’s legacy, delivering its most watched sporting spectacles, revenue driving events and thousands of jobs for local people.

“It is not in West Ham United’s interests for the Stadium to not be performing in line with aspiration and, as we have done ever since moving to Stratford in the summer of 2016, we continue to offer the benefit of our commercial expertise and substantial experience in managing successful stadia.

“West Ham United will continue to devote our absolute commitment to London Stadium, but our first priority in this sense is always to act in the best interests of our supporters.

“We fully concur that West Ham United has played a significant part in the most successful regeneration programme in the history of the modern Olympics, however the stadium itself craves renewed leadership and direction and we welcome the Mayor’s decision to step in and deliver this. West Ham United is firmly behind him.”

 

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Book recommendation; Will It Stand Up?: A Professional Engineer’s View of the Creation of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium

Will It Stand Up?: A Professional Engineer’s View of the Creation of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium
Will it Stand Up? Uses the London 2012 Olympic Stadium to demonstrate the seven principles for running successful projects. As well as sharing what went on behind the scenes of this iconic stadium, it provides you with a clear blueprint for improving your own project outcomes. Whether you’re an architect, engineer, developer or contractor, you’ll find this book both entertaining and educational.

Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Rethink Press (22 Oct. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781332800
ISBN-13: 978-1781332801
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 20.3 cm