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Six developers have been shortlisted to build new homes on the west side of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The neighbourhoods of East Wick and Sweetwater will create up to 1,500 homes on the west of the Park linking to existing communities in Hackney Wick and Fish Island. They will include private rented sector housing and so-called ‘affordable’ homes.

The six organisations shortlisted to go forward to the competitive dialogue stage of the bidding process are:

  • Carillion-igloo and Genesis Housing Association
  • Grainger
  • Lend Lease
  • L&Q
  • Mace and Argent
  • Places for People and Balfour Beatty.

The Mayor of London and the London Legacy Development Corporation announced plans in July 2013 to accelerate the development with a view to completing in 2023, six years ahead of the original masterplan.

Over the next few months the Legacy Corporation will explore with the six bidders their outline development plans before selecting a shortlist of up to three bidders. The final three bidders will work up plans in more detail before submitting final tenders in the summer. A decision on the final development partner will be made in autumn 2014.

London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive Dennis Hone said: “We are delighted by the quality of the shortlisted developers in what was a highly competitive and rigorous selection process. It was a difficult decision to select just six. We are now focused on working with the developers on the next stage of the process. We want the new neighbourhoods at East Wick and Sweetwater to exemplify the best of London’s residential architecture with a range of family homes and apartments and we hope it can provide a model for speeding up delivery across London.

“We are entering the most exciting stage in the transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The south of the Park opens to the public on 5th April, work will start on the first new neighbourhood, Chobham Manor, in the summer, and our plans for a new educational and cultural quarter with the V&A and UCL are taking shape. We are creating a new part of the city and these neighbourhoods will be at its heart.”

The Legacy Communities Scheme as a whole will create up to 6,800 homes across five new neighbourhoods. The call for developers for East Wick and Sweetwater followed the submission of the reserved matters planning application for the first phase of homes to be built at Chobham Manor. This is the first neighbourhood to be built on the Park and work starts in 2014.  

East Wick will have up to 870 new homes in the northwest of the Park next to Hackney Wick. They will be a mix of townhouses, mews, studios and flats. There will also be a new primary school and two new nurseries. Total floor space will consist of up to:

  • 91,000sqm residential
  • 5,300sqm employment
  • 5,600sqm community
  • 4,700sqm retail and leisure

Sweetwater will have up to 650 new homes in the southwest of the Park near Old Ford and the Copper Box Arena. They will be a mix of studios, flats and family homes with private gardens. There will also be a new primary school and two new nurseries here, as well as a health centre.

Total floor space at Sweetwater will consist of up to:

  • 67,700sqm residential
  • 1,000sqm employment
  • 8,400sqm community
  • 2,500sqm retail .




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