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East Wick and Sweetwater

East Wick and Sweetwater are the second and third new neighbourhoods to be built on the Park.

East Wick and Sweetwater

East Wick will be a neighbourhood of up to 870 homes with a mix of housing types, including family housing and private rented housing, framing the edge of the parklands. Alongside this, residents will benefit from a primary school – Mossbourne Riverside Academy –  fronting onto the canal, with vibrant businesses and community spaces lining the route into the Park from Hackney Wick.

Sweetwater will feature a mix of up to 650 homes including apartments and family homes with private gardens and communal green space alongside the Lee Navigation canal.

As part of the development of the area, new connection routes are being built throughout the Park, and new bridges will improve the connections between the Park and Hackney Wick and Fish Island. 

In early 2015, LLDC announced that East Wick and Sweetwater would be developed together by one consortium led by Places for People and Balfour Beatty . Construction has now begun on East Wick, with plans for Sweetwater underway.

Across the two neighbourhoods, approximately 31% of homes will be affordable.

To find out more, or register your interest, visit eastwickandsweetwater.co.uk.

Before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

One of the most important industrial sites in London, the area around East Wick and Sweetwater has seen some of the UK’s most important innovations. 

In the 19th century, the area was home to the East London Waterworks Company, but it was during the late 19th and early 20th century that it really came into its own with the growth of chemical, confectionery and petroleum industries taking off in the area.

Petrol was first registered for a patent by the company Carless, Capel & Leonard in the area around White Post Lane and a company based on White Post Lane first introduced the French process of dry cleaning to the UK.

A German V1 rocket and heavy bombing damaged many of the buildings in the area during World War Two, but industrial development continued from the 1950s onwards with confectionary, fur trade, engineering and fruit businesses, as well as timber yards and warehouses continued to make the area a real hive of activity and industrial innovation.

During the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

For the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from around the world, this was an essential area of the Park. Not only was it the main place to go for food and information as well as souvenirs and merchandise, but the area contained a vital road that moved athletes and officials to and from venues. To the north, the Copper Box Arena saw use for handball, modern pentathlon fencing and goalball matches, while the Stadium a few minutes' walk to the east was the site of some of the most memorable athletic victories of the Games.


Tremendous care has been taken by the designers in ensuring that the shape of the buildings is maximised for energy efficiency, capturing sunlight when it is cold, and reducing overheating in the summer. As with all other homes on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Eastwick and Sweetwater is connected to the district energy network, reducing the harmful carbon emissions associated with heating these homes. This neighbourhood has already won the Sustainable construction Award from the 2016 London Construction Awards for its environmentally focussed design. East Wick are currently achieving a 22.4% reduction in embodied carbon for Phase 1.

0% construction, demolition and excavation waste sent to landfill at East Wick development.


Fixed Estate Charge

The Fixed Estate Charge was developed to contribute towards the cost of maintaining Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s parklands and its facilities, for the enjoyment of all those living on, working in or visiting the Park. Read our full statement on the Fixed Estate Charge.

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