Beyond 2012 - an integrated Design Story

Olympic legacy planning framework
A built environment story

“It was by walking, looking, drawing, modelling and collaborating with other designers that we were able to establish design proposals.”

Stephen Witherford
Director

Tell us about the early design brief

We worked as part of the design team that developed the outline planning application for the Olympic legacy planning framework. Our specific role was to co-ordinate the site-wide public realm and public space framework and the masterplan for the residential neighbourhood at Old Ford.

What inspired your design?

We were inspired by the structure of the Lea Valley landscape, the richness and diversity of the existing communities adjacent to the Olympic site and a belief in civil society.

What challenges did you face along the way?

The strategic organisation of the Olympic site and the complexity of its infrastructure made it extremely challenging to develop a coherent and clear concept for the three-dimensional resolution of the site; for how to think and organise the public spaces and built neighbourhoods that would eventually form the public’s legacy experience and the site’s absorption into London.

It was by walking, looking, drawing, modelling and collaborating with other designers that we were able to establish design proposals based on experiential qualities and so integrate the architecture and public spaces into the valley landscape.

How did it feel to be involved in such a large and important British project?

It was an incredibly challenging project and we felt an enormous responsibility.

Agency

Company name
Witherford Watson Mann Architects Ltd

Project
Olympic legacy planning framework

Website
wwmarchitects.co.uk

Project team

Stephen Witherford
Director

William Mann
Director

Hiroki Matsushige

Lina Meister

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