October 31, 2014
Since 2007 Lend Lease has been working on the development, design and delivery of the largest residential project in the UK. The delivery of East Village for phased occupation from November 2013 builds on the success of delivering the best ever Athletes’ Village, that was occupied by up to 17,000 athletes during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. After having completed all pre-Games works in time for LOCOG to apply the finishing touches we returned to the site, after the excitement of the Games, in November 2012.
Designed For Legacy
The challenge ahead was immense. To decommission all 2,818 units from Games-use and refurbish them (we used the phrase ‘Retrofit’ for this phase) for legacy occupants. Adapting properties that had been designed to accommodate almost twice as many people as that would ultimately live there was no mean feat. The sheer scale of the logistics operations, quantities of materials needed and labour involved in order to meet the programme requirements was unique in the residential refurbishment arena.