Design Excellence

London has a proud heritage of high quality architecture, landscape and urban design. 

The Park continues that tradition, aiming to be a 21st century model of city life. The scale of the site, combined with the fact that the majority of the site is under public ownership, allows us to develop and manage new homes, offices and open spaces in a way that embeds a long-term vision for sustainable communities and the best practice principles of design.

The Park will define the next generation of living and working in London. It will be a place where global attractions meet emerging and expanding east London neighbourhoods, combining the best of city living in one district.

The area in and around the Park will cater for Londoners who want to live and work without a long commute and raise a family in a stable community. 

Click below to download our Walk around the Park brochure, which shows how we have faced this challenge.


Our Design Quality Policy

“Well designed homes and neighbourhoods create better and healthier places to live and build strong communities. They can reduce crime and provide homes that keep their value.”

 It All Adds Up, RIBA, 2011

 Attention to design at both a strategic and detailed level is extremely important to the future of the Park. Ultimately, our objective is to create a new piece of city, anchored by a fantastic Park that is central to thriving communities.

The Park must be welcoming to both visitors and local residents alike. High quality design can make a significant contribution towards ensuring that everyone feels welcome and safe, and will want to visit again and again.

Residential neighbourhoods

East London’s people and communities are diverse in cultural heritage and household configuration, and, therefore, require choice in housing.  A big part of our approach to design has been to make sure that the neighbourhoods offer this diversity.

This means providing different types of housing - traditional terraced houses, mews and mansion blocks for families flanking the northern portion of the Park for and bordering the Lee Navigation canal, to building apartment and courtyard buildings in the southern area of the Park.

Considerable observation and study of London’s traditional residential development has gone into designing housing on the Park, learning lessons from the past while recognising the needs and desires of contemporary living – in short, a London vernacular for the 21st century.

This mix and arrangement of housing extracts the best from London’s successful neighbourhoods and therefore, feel like an integrated part of this city.  A new street and route network extends those of the adjacent communities into and across the Park – to facilitate this some 30 new bridges have been built. Residents will benefit from being in easy walking distance to local facilities such as play areas, community and health services, parks, schools and shops, as well as public transportation.

Beyond the Park

As well as designing the neighbourhoods on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we are responsible for ensuring that developments around the Park meet the same high design standards.  You can find out more about how we do this via the planning process here, including information on our Quality Review Panel who provide expert advice for all projects within the LLDC’s boundaries.

Design on all scales

Dating back to when the Olympic Games were first awarded to London, projects which draw on the unique energy, character and heritage of the Lower Lea Valley and wider east London have been conceived and implemented.

These tend to be relatively small-scale interventions that focus on the improvement of physical, visual and social connections between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the neighbourhoods surrounding it. 

These projects include the refurbishment of vacant buildings, streetscape improvements and the creation of new public spaces.  They all include a high level of community engagement and seek to utilise local resources in their realisation.

Most importantly, these projects demonstrate that high quality design has a transformational and positive impact irrespective of scale.