Since 5 April 2014, people are able to explore more of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as the newly landscaped south of the Park opens to the public for the first time since the London 2012 Olympics – with new parklands, fountains and waterways, sporting venues, arts and events and children’s play areas. The Park will also feature four walking trails where visitors can: Explore the key sights of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Enjoy the Park’s biodiversity and landscaping created by James Corner Field Operations the designer of the High Line in New York. Take part in educational walks where families and teachers can use the Park as an outdoor classroom. Discover the art installations across the Park. Visitors to the Park can also experience views from the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s tallest sculpture offering a new perspective of London. The 114.5m high attraction will give visitors views over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and 20 miles across London from two spacious viewing galleries. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has with 560 acres of parkland the same size as Hyde Park. There are 15 acres of hedgerows and wildlife habitats, 6.5 kilometres of waterways, a promenade lined with 100 mature trees and 4,000 new trees across the Park.
Developers have also been given the green light to begin building the first new homes at Chobham Manor, a new district for Stratford, east London, and the first new neighbourhood to be built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Located in the north of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between East Village and Lee Valley VeloPark, Chobham Manor will feature a mix of one to five-bedroom apartments and houses which are expected to go on sale in late spring, with residents moving in by late 2015. The new neighbourhood will also feature tree-lined avenues and relaxing green landscaped areas. Seventy-five per cent (194) of the 259 homes will be family homes with three or more bedrooms. Twenty-eight per cent of homes across the whole Chobham Manor development will be affordable homes with the first phase delivering 31 per cent (79) of this type of property, including social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing. The first phase of building will also include retail space, play areas and communal gardens, and all homes have been designed to a Lifetime Homes standard with wheelchair adaptable and multi-generation homes both available, the latter designed to comfortably accommodate extended families.