Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

02 Sep 2021
Legacies for Cities

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has become a dynamic new heart for East London. It is a place where people live, work and visit. Managed by the London Legacy Development Corporation, which formed in 2012, the park generates opportunities for local people and drives innovation and economic growth in the city and the UK.

© Dan Kitwood / Getty Images | An aerial view of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The park is home for many businesses across a range of industries, from media to construction and sports venues. Many of these companies have helped more than 310 young people to benefit from apprenticeships.

The former Press and Broadcast Centre has created thousands of jobs following its transformation into Here East, an innovation campus for large and small businesses – many in the technology sector – and universities.

Between 2012 and 2014, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park underwent the physical transformation from Games-time focal point and home to various competition venues to a destination with brand-new parklands and playgrounds for local, regional, national and international visitors.

All the permanent Games venues in the park are operational, generating jobs for local people, staging high-profile events and attracting significant visitor numbers.

Between the end of the Games and 2016, more than 11,000 people worked on the park, including over 200 young apprentices. More than a quarter of the construction workforce was recruited from neighbouring boroughs, and long-term operational jobs went predominantly to local people. This came on top of the pre-Games construction employment and programmes to improve female and BAME representation in the construction industry.

From 2022 East Bank – the UK’s largest cultural and education district in a generation - will open. This includes new premises for two universities, BBC Music, V&A Museum and Sadler’s Wells and will create 2,500 jobs and attract an extra 1.5 million visitors as well as outreach projects to the local community.

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