Sadiq’s £1.1b cultural vision for Olympic Park

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The Mayor of London has set out plans for East Bank, the new cultural sector in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the East End, with the BBC being added to the mix.

£151m is to come from central government towards the funding, and £385m from the mayor. 

He revealed that the BBC is to build new studios and recording facilities at East Bank to replace those at Maida Vale, as well as Proms performances and opportunities for young East Enders, joining new buildings for Sadler’s Wells, the London College of Fashion (part of the University of the Arts London) and the V&A, including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. There will also be a new site for University College London, creating UCL East.

Khan also said that at least 50% of new homes built on the remaining development site would be sold at afffordable prices.

“Great cities are defined by their ambition as much as their achievements - East Bank is the most ambitious new project of its kind for decades” the mayor said. “I have made culture, innovation and growth a top priority, and as London’s centre of gravity extends east, I’m delighted that we’re placing culture and education at the heart of this development and the Olympic legacy.

“My vision for East Bank is one where everyone, regardless of their background, can access world-class culture and education on their doorstep. East Bank is a fantastic collaboration of inter-disciplinary work and world-class institutions that will drive forward growth and inspire more young Londoners to take up creative careers, transforming the communities of east London.”

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP said: “I am delighted to confirm the government’s financial support for this exciting project. Building on the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy, this ambitious scheme will create an exciting new cultural hub in East London. East Bank is also about creating new opportunities and innovation to drive greater prosperity for this area and help change lives.“

A new masterplan for the buildings has been created for the  buildings by architects Allies and Morrison Allies and Morrison, O’Donnell + Tuomey O’Donnell + Tuomey, and Camps Felip Arquitecturia following detailed public consultation, which continues from Saturday 9 June.



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