New London Architecture

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

To celebrate the legacy of the Games, we’re launching a major NLA research, exhibition, publication and programme of events on the planning, design, engineering, and construction of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its surrounding areas, to coincide with an NLA residency at the Park and the London Festival of Architecture 2022. 
Alongside LFA, exhibitions, installations and events will celebrate the legacy of places, buildings, public spaces and facilities on the site, as well as those that have been made possible by the Park’s development, encouraging neighbouring sites to demonstrate their affiliation with the Park.
Focusing on the 10-year period since the Games, the research and publication will also cover 10 years of land assembly, remediation, planning, design, and construction in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; as well as what is in store for the next 10 years at the Park.


To celebrate the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games we want to tell the stories of people involved in this transformational project for London. Key themes will cover: 

  • Sustainable communities
  • Impact and opportunity for the East End 
  • Climate resilience and net-zero
  • Landscape and public realm 
  • Culture, innovation, diversity and inclusion 
  • Transport and infrastructure 
  • Housing and neighbourhoods
  • Retail, hospitality and leisure  
  • Design quality, policies and guidance


  • What have been the drivers and obstacles for development across the QEOP in the last 10 years? What have been the achievements and challenges of this era? 
  • Since 2012, how has impact of the Games transformed people’s lives and places in and around the Park? Which areas best evidence this? 
  • How does London’s Olympics story compare to other global capitals? 
  • How will the QEOP and wider Stratford area cope with growth in the next 10 years? What will be the key challenges and opportunities for the future? 
  • How is LLDC preparing to hand over planning powers to the local authorities in December 2024? What’s the plan towards 2030?
  • What can we learn from the evolution of the park since 2012 that will help inform its management/development in the future? 
  • What can we learn from the successful experience of setting up and running a development corporation?
  • How have broader social and political factors, plus changing attitudes towards issues e.g. sustainability and advances in technology, affected how the area has been planned, developed and managed since 2012
  • What have been the key differences between how the Park and its surroundings were originally envisaged and how it is now? What has been the most surprising?




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