The Olympic (Queen Elizabeth) Park

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It took two years in the creation (and significantly longer in the planning), the landscape construction period included two drought afflicted summers and correspondingly freezing winters– yet few would dispute the Olympic Park offered a display of natural beauty which captivated the world, with sustainability as the key theme, and transformed a derelict space in the heart of our capital city.

Centuries ago the area was undoubtedly home to a range of natural flora and fauna however in more recent times it had become contaminated by industrial pollution and fly-tipping. Happily it now presents as stunning parkland with sweeping expanses of lawn, wildflower meadows, reed-beds and wooded areas which have created natural habitats and enhanced biodiversity.

Royal Warrant Holders Gavin Jones Ltd, was involved in the landscape construction of many significant elements of the Olympic Park and subsequent maintenance before, during and after the Games; this amounted to a labour commitment of over 50,000 man-hours (27 years in terms of the average working year!) - with the major challenges (apart from the weather) centred around security & logistics – with all deliveries requiring a 48hrs advance notice.

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The Queen Elizabeth Park was never about just looking good for the Olympic Games – London 2012. Described as "unique" in terms of the design and commitment to sustainability/biodiversity in an urbanised setting, this is by far the biggest parkland area to be created in the UK during the last century. However, the story doesn't end here – the site, post-games, is currently being redeveloped to provide a 100-hectare parkland combined with housing and leisure facilities as a lasting legacy of London 2012; as such, Gavin Jones Ltd are now involved in the retro-fit to the Athletes Village, part of the overall transformation of the Stratford area into a new self-contained development - East Village; this will include new homes, shops, cafes & a school and is a springboard for further re-development of the whole area around the Park & Stratford.

The celebrated Queen Elizabeth Park will undoubtedly provide a magnificent environment for future generations to live and enjoy.

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