City Crit: Olympic Legacy with Allies and Morrison

Join Paul Appleton and Emad Sleiby to discover the masterplan behind London's 2012 Olympic Games and its legacy


11:00am, Saturday, 2 March 2019


12:30pm, Saturday, 2 March 2019

Tour Guides:

Paul Appleton

Emad Sleiby

Time: 11 - 12.30pm

Duration: 1.5 hrs

Getting There: Stratford Underground station or Hackney Wick Overground station

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Allies and Morrison will lead a series of special City Crits around London to explore and juxtapose three different approaches to urban transformation in London. This second tour will look in and around the Olympic Park, to see how multiple developers and client bodies have been brought under the guidance of a single Mayoral Development Corporation with planning powers. 

For the first time in modern Olympic history, the legacy of London’s 2012 Games was designed to be embedded in the city. Seven years on, see how it’s doing and learn about what’s next. The 2012 Olympic Games provided a catalyst for regeneration in the Lower Lea Valley. With a timescale out to 2030, what the legacy masterplan it unleashed is very much still underway. Thousands of new homes, and new venues for sport, culture and education are being created (such as the London College of Fashion and BBC Music), and a place which was long a divide in east London is being gradually stitched into the urban fabric.

This tour will reveal the new routes that cross the parklands and demonstrate the thought process behind the masterplan, from the characteristics of different neighbourhoods lining the park fringe to infrastructural complexities underpinning the site to the importance of connections that are now helping to shift London’s centre of gravity eastwards. There will also be an opportunity to learn about future projects which will soon be onsite.

Tour Guides:

Paul Appleton
Paul is a partner at Allies and Morrison. He is active across the whole range of the practice’s work, leading many of its public, cultural, educational and urban projects; and he is a regular lecturer in the field of the arts, higher education, conservation and masterplanning. He was the partner responsible for the transformation of the Royal Festival Hall, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2008. Paul is a member of the Design Council CABE Design Review Panel and the South Downs National Park Design Review Panel and sits on the London Advisory Committee of Historic England.

Emad Sleiby
Emad is an associate director at Allies and Morrison. He focuses on large scale, mixed-use and residential led regeneration schemes in the UK and abroad. He was a key team member of the Legacy Communities Scheme, responsible for the illustrative design and design guidelines for a number of the Olympic legacy neighbourhoods. He led the public realm and infrastructure design coordination for the Olympic Transformation Masterplan which ensured that the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was connected with the surrounding neighbourhoods and was opened back to the public shortly after the Games.

[Photograph by Miles Willis for London Legacy Development Corporation]