Olympic Office Space: Post-Games Park Life
What will become of the Olympics Games venue after the party has passed and we all return to London life as it was?
According to those in the know, the stadium will be renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will serve as high quality office space, an international sporting venue and a public leisure venue.
Renovation of the area is set to begin in October 2012 and while different areas will be opened at different times, full transformation of the Park will take approximately 18 months to complete.
The Broadcast Centre of the Olympic Stadium will be converted into a 95,000 square foot business centre, providing five storeys of office space. The nearby press centre will become another 317,000 square feet of office space.
It is not known if the famous sporting stadium left behind will turn out to be the home of a local football team or a Formula One racing track.
It is hoped that a world-class research and technology centre will create 4,000 Central London jobs and that hundreds of thousands of visitors and nearby residents will continue to use the centre every year for its swimming pools, cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.
The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and planners involved in the future of the Olympic Park have suggested that the area will be full of wide, leafy promenades busy with food stalls, street performers and Londoners enjoying the everyday ambience.
So far there are no confirmed tenants of the soon-to-be Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as the LLDC is insisting that applicants prove they can meet ΓÇÿtough but achievable standardsΓÇÖ before they qualify to sign a lease.
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