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.
The PyeongChang Olympic Plaza has the pentagonal Olympic Stadium as an eye-catcher. This stadium is the first temporary Olympic Stadium in history. Next to the stadium is Medal Plaza. On this square the medals will be awarded daily. Besides, cultural activities will also be organised here.
The British architect Asif Khan has designed a building for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Park:
“This impossibly black building will have four curved walls, but from a distance, it will look like a slit of blackness. Each of the facades will be studded with thousands of tiny lights — like stars against the night sky.”
Next to the existing Curling Centre and Gangneung Stadium three new permanent stadiums have been built for ice hockey, speed skating, short track speed skating and figure skating. Together, these venues constitute Gangneung Olympic Park.
During the Olympic Games, a number of temporary facilities and pavilions will be placed for the visitors, including a megastore, restaurants and several sponsor pavilions. Images of sports events will be alternated with cultural activities on the live site.
From September 15th to 17th, and September 21th to 24th, the Rock in Rio music festival will be held in Barra Olympic Park for the first time. You can see below some photos and videos of the first days of this event. (The images also show that the Aquatics Center has not been dismantled yet)
Today, a public trial of self-driving busses starts at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. You can read the press release below:
AUTONOMOUS SHUTTLE BUS TRIALS
Visitors to the Park in September can take part in a self-driving vehicle trial.
THURSDAY 24 AUGUST 2017
On 19 days throughout September, visitors can test out an innovative new way to explore the Park – on an autonomous shuttle bus, a completely self-driving vehicle.
Those wanting to take part can hop aboard the free service in the north of the Park and experience a new and developing technology. The shuttle buses use state-of-the-art technology, including sensors, cameras and GPS mapping to navigate the route. And while there will be an operator on board to answer questions, the service will be completely autonomous, so everyone on board can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.
Developed by Navya, a leading name in the progression of smart and sustainable mobility solutions, and delivered at the Park by Keolis, a leading global transport operator, with the support of Engie, Here East and Our Parklife, the 100% electric vehicles are being tested in response to the increasing demand for smart new mobility solutions for busy urban environments. Keolis and Navya have already been trialling the vehicles in France, USA and Denmark and are looking into the possibility of using them in a range of locations including airports, university campuses and shopping centres.
As a centre of innovation and sustainability, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the ideal location to trial this new approach to advanced mobility. Working in partnership with London’s clean-tech industry, the Park is rapidly becoming a world-leading test bed for trialling new approaches to meeting the global city-based challenges of our time. This autonomous vehicle trial is the first in a programme of initiatives that will lead to the trialling of fully autonomous, road-worthy vehicles on the Park by 2019.
Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 September 10am to 5pm
Monday 11 to Friday 15 September 10am to 5pm
Sunday 17 to Friday 22 September 10am to 5pm
Monday 25 September 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 September 10am to 5pm