It 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 fronting onto the Canal Park, with vibrant businesses and community spaces lining the route into the Park from Hackney Wick.
Drawing on the energy of the creative and cultural hub of Hackney Wick and Fish Island to the west, it will be an important enterprise and creative district, making it one of the Park's primary employment zones, with strong links to higher education and business at Here East.
There will be great cycling and walking networks to the area and the Lea Valley. To the south of the area will be the Copper Box Arena, London's third largest, a 7,500-seat venue and hub for community activities, entertainment, indoor sports, cultural and business events.
The name was suggested as part of a competition to name the new neighbourhoods on the Park, by Oliver O’Brien from Hackney, to reference its extension of the area of Hackney Wick East into the Park.
In early 2015 we 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.
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, East Wick 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.