Stratford Waterfront

Clustered around what was the heart of the Park during the Games, these 600 new homes will sit next to the Park's new culture and education district, known as East Bank.

Stratford Waterfront is in the heart of the south of the Park, next to the River Lea and between International Quarter London and the Park’s playgrounds and Pleasure Gardens. This is one of the three East Bank sites within the Park – the other two sites being near the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the London Aquatics Centre, and within the Here East campus in the north of the Park.

The ambitious project will bring together some of the world's most exciting education and cultural organisations, including the BBC, Sadler’s Wells, UAL’s London College of Fashion, University College London and the Victoria and Albert Museum in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. The project is expected to deliver 2,500 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors to the Park and an estimated £1.5 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area.

Construction of this new housing is due to start on completion of the East Bank culture and education district work in 2023.

You can find out more about East Bank here.

  • This area of the Park went through the most significant transformation, turning it from an area of heavy industrial use, and the depot for some of London’s earliest railways, into a beautiful riverside park.

    People had settled in this area for a long time, with burial sites discovered here showing people living here from at least around 950 BC to Roman Britain of AD 200, but it was the coming of locomotive era that made this area the place it is today.

    Stratford was transformed into a major railway intersection and depot which, by the early 1900s, employed over 6,000 people. The area was dubbed 'Hudson’s Town' after George Hudson the chairman of the Eastern Counties Railway. It was one of the capital's earliest rail lines and attracted businesses from the centre of London to relocate in the area.

    The second half of the 19th century saw the commercial development of Carpenter's Road and Warton Road, the bank of the City Mill River and Marshgate Lane along Pudding Mill River, which was filled in some time ago.  Most of the industry involved chemicals and this would remain the case until the latter half of the 20th century. One such company to become a worldwide name was Yardley, which once had its soap, powder and perfume factory in Carpenters Road.

    The western boundary of the area is a section of the northern outfall sewer. The building of the sewer was triggered by a series of public health crises in London, culminating in the ‘Big Stink of London’ in the late 1850s when the smell coming from the Thames was so bad Parliament put engineer Joseph Bazalgette in charge of building a new sewer system. 

    The 1980s saw the renovation of the footpath on the sewer embankment to create the Greenway, a footpath and cycle route is now a much loved and thriving walking route along the south of the Park, and home to the View Tube.