The London 2012 bid made a commitment to deliver the most accessible games ever, promote equality and inclusion and deliver new opportunities for some of the poorest neighbourhoods in London. For the people of east London, the most diverse area in the country, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park represents a golden opportunity to embrace the spirit of the Games and use it to create new opportunities in the long term. 

Our goal is to make sure that the Park is a great example of the best principles of accessibility and inclusive design, so that it can be enjoyed by everyone  regardless of disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, race or faith.

To help us achieve this, we have developed our own Inclusive Design Standards (IDS) that provide a benchmark against which we can measure delivery of inclusive design across the Park.  

In addition, we have a dedicated Built Environment Access Panel (BEAP) that provides us with advice, technical help and feedback on accessibility and inclusive design issues. We consult and involve the BEAP wherever possible, to take advantage of the huge range of experiences and expertise its members offer.   

For example, the BEAP was involved throughout the design of the Timber Lodge community centre and café and the café in the south of the Park, which will open later this year. Its advice helped include key facilities such as level access, accessible toilets, separate accessible baby change facilities, a Changing Places toilet facility and a multi-faith prayer room. 

We believe that the inspiring message of the Paralympics has an important role to play in raising awareness of accessibility issues.  Therefore events such as National Paralympic Day and legacy sports programmes like Motivate East are an important part of our approach.

The documents below give more information on our strategy and approach for making sure Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is accessible for all.

Our high level approach and commitment to delivering inclusive design across all aspects of our work.

The procedures, guidance and standards we expect will deliver inclusive design solutions.

  • The Built Environment Access Panel (BEAP) is a group made up of members from the original Olympic Delivery Authority BEAP, members of the Stratford City Consultative Access Group (SCCAG) and local diverse community members, and it is involved and consulted throughout all key projects on the Park.

    The BEAP was involved throughout the design of both the hub buildings in the north and south of the Park, helping to ensure that they include key facilities, such as accessible toilets, separate accessible baby change facilities, a Changing Places toilet facility and a multi-faith prayer room.