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Lower Lea Valley

London, UK, 2004 - 2007

Client: London Development Agency (LDA)

The development of a comprehensive regeneration strategy for 1500 ha of deprived housing estates and degraded industrial land in the east end of London was an essential component of London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Building on his role in the Olympic bid team, Guy Briggs (while at EDAW) was tasked with leading the regeneration strategy team.

The strategy was developed over three years as the context for and legacy of the 2012 London Games. The Strategy seeks to transform this part of London, releasing several hundred acres of land for new development, knitting together the communities on either side of the valley, and linking the Regional Park to the Thames along the banks of the Lower Lea. It comprises integrated strategies for land use, transport & movement, social infrastructure, employment and open space; which will lead to the development of a thriving mixed use urban quarter of approximately 35,000 new homes, with canals and parkland at its heart, supported by new town and neighbourhood centres including schools, health centres and other community facilities, and creating up to 50,000 new jobs across a range of employment sectors.

The project outputs included an adopted local planning framework, underpinned by detailed strategy documents and supported by a public communication document – the LLV Vision.


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