First-hand Experience of the Olympic Park Regeneration Case Study
On 23rd October, Year 10 geographers travelled to the Olympic Park to see the sustainable features of this fantastic regeneration project, that they have learnt about in the classroom. The regeneration project had three key objectives that shaped the design and how it was constructed: sustainability, biodiversity, and accessibility.
We visited 6 sites. First, the aquatic centre which was designed with its legacy use in mind as a long term community amenity. The green walls are well established. They purify the air, reduce the ambient temperature and create a sense of well-being. Another point of interest was the ArcelorMittal Orbit created by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond. The magnificent, ruby red looping structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is an iconic symbol of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London 2012 Games.
We walked along the River Lee which has been planted carefully to make the concrete channel look natural and provides important habitat for flora and fauna. This is one of 10 key green spaces in the park and follows with appropriate management strategies to conserve and enhance the environment.
Our last site was the Velodrome, the most energy-efficient of the permanent Olympic venues with its sustainably sourced wooden roof, sourced from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The white roof has rows of skylights crossing the complex, providing daylight and allowing overhead lights to be turned off during the day.
Luckily the rain stopped just as we arrived at the Olympic park which helped us understand how amazing the Olympic Park regeneration project is.