East Wick and Sweetwater, E20 | Places for People and Balfour Beatty



Website: www.eastwickandsweetwater.co.uk

02.03.2015 - Press Release

The Mayor of London and the London Legacy Development Corporation announced today that Places for People and Balfour Beatty have been appointed to bring forward plans for up to 1,500 new homes, with up to 30 per cent affordable and 500 private homes to rent on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, six years ahead of the original master plan.

  • Places for People and Balfour Beatty win contract to develop new neighbourhoods of East Wick and Sweetwater

  • High quality design includes terraced and mews houses building on the best of London’s residential architecture with great views across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

  • New neighbourhoods on target to be delivered six years ahead of the original master plan

Places for People and Balfour Beatty were selected from a strong shortlist of six teams and will work on developing the neighbourhoods of East Wick and Sweetwater with a view to completing the development in 2023. Work to develop East Wick and Sweetwater will create a vibrant new community on the west of the Park linking to existing communities in Hackney Wick and Fish Island.

East Wick will create up to 850 new homes and is located in the north west of the Park next to Hackney Wick and the digital quarter at Here East. It will include townhouses, mews, studios and flats, a new primary school and two new nurseries. Sweetwater will provide up to 650 new homes and is located in the south-west of the Park near Old Ford and the Copper Box Arena. It includes studios, apartments and family homes with private gardens, a new primary school, two new nurseries and a health centre.

Both new neighbourhoods will include high quality, purpose built homes to rent allowing for a wider choice for Londoners. There will also be opportunities for independent shops and businesses as part of developing thriving new neighbourhoods.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“This is the most successful and fastest growing city anywhere in Europe, and it is absolutely vital we provide thousands of new houses to allow people to live close to their places of work. I am thrilled to confirm we have now appointed high quality developers to help bring forward plans for these important new neighbourhoods on our iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a whopping six years ahead of target.”

David Goldstone Chief Executive London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

“We are delighted by the high quality of the bid from Places for People and Balfour Beatty, which offers exciting opportunities for local people, businesses and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. East Wick and Sweetwater will exemplify the best of London’s residential architecture and we hope it can provide a model for speeding up delivery across London.”

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, said:

“I look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation to ensure that commitments made as part of the London 2012 Games are delivered by not only creating new communities but also new jobs, and apprenticeships for young people wanting to join the growing infrastructure sector. With our partner, Places for People, we are very excited to be able to create these new, vibrant, sustainable communities for East London.”

David Cowans, Chief Executive at Places for People, said:

“This is East London’s moment and it’s our big moment too and we are thrilled to have been selected to be part of the transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With our partner, Balfour Beatty, we have the perfect opportunity to work with the London Legacy Development Corporation to create a truly unique and exciting place to live. This is exactly what Places for People is about, making great places and ensuring that the true Legacy of 2012 lives on by creating opportunities for the existing communities around the park to share in its success”.

East Wick

  • Up to 850 new homes
  • Located in the north-west of the Park next to Hackney Wick and Here East
  • Townhouses, mews, studios and flats
  • New primary school and two new nurseries
  • Floor space will consist of up to:
  • 96,000sqm residential
  • 9,000sqm employment
  • 5,600sqm community
  • 4,700sqm retail and leisure


  • Up to 650 new homes
  • Located in the south-west of the Park near Old Ford and the Copper Box Arena
  • Studios, flats and family homes with private gardens
  • New primary school and two new nurseries and a health centre
  • Floor space will consist of up to:
  • 67,700sqm residential
  • 1,000sqm employment
  • 8,400sqm community
  • 2,500sqm retail

Today’s announcement is part of the Mayor’s commitment to double housebuilding as London’s population continues to boom. His Housing Strategy has put forward a range of pioneering measures to boost housing supply, stimulate building and produce more low cost homes to help meet the 42,000 homes a year that are needed to manage London’s increasing population. Other measures include the designation of at least 20 Housing Zones to unlock and accelerate 50,000 homes in partnership with London Boroughs and the London Housing Bank to accelerate big schemes, the release of hundreds of acres of land owned by the GLA. The Mayor is also on track to deliver his challenging target of 100,000 affordable homes by the end of his second Mayoral term with almost 83,000 delivered to date.

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Really like the ‘barrel-esque’ designs for Sweetwater — Can’t wait to see more design & artist impressions coming through!


Does this mean 2 new primary schools around the corner? And 4 nurseries? And a new health centre?


That’s right @Elke_Kemper — Mossbourne Primary (will be first) is due for completion in January '16 — http://www.mossbourne.hackney.sch.uk/about-mossbourne/admissions/mpa-admissions


Amazing! thanks for this @Lee

As I’ve said many times, I am really looking forward to the regeneration of our area, the up-coming developments are well thought out and very exciting.

I am pleased to see that a healthy proportion of these new homes are designated as affordable housing too.


It’s not exactly unexpected and the final timeline is still what was originally stated ie 2023. Unless they’re referring to 2030 which is the other year for the completion of the ‘big plan’ at some point. It was announced late last year they were looking for developers for the project (Balfour Beaty were mentioned) so therefore this would be confirmed early this year. The number of homes still ties in with what has been said before. So nothing unexpected really bar confirming it’s definitely happened and I didn’t imagine it wouldn’t!

Call my cynical but there are elections in May!!!


Not unexpected @Claire — but I was surprised to see the images and artists’ impressions so early, all looking good so far.


I had to check back (to remind myself) and it was March 2014 when the original developer short list was announced. So they’ve had a while to do their renders!

This one is an article from November saying quite similar to what has just been announced.including the words 6 years ahead of plans! http://m.cnplus.co.uk/8673251.article (edit as this link comes up as subscriber only so here’s the text.)

The East Wick and Sweetwater scheme will deliver up to 1,500 homes in Stratford, which will include private rented sector and affordable homes.

The JV was shortlisted alongside property developer Grainger and a Mace, Argent and Peabody consortium, in June.

But sources have confirmed that Balfour Beatty and Places for People is tipped to win.

The London Legacy Development Corporation selected the three shortlisted bidders from six who were long-listed in March this year.

A LLDC spokeswoman said the team was “finalising the contractual arrangements” for the development partner and would be making an announcement in due course.

Developers that failed to make the shortlist included: Carillion-igloo and Genesis Housing Association; Lend Lease; and London & Quadrant.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the LLDC announced plans in July 2013 to accelerate the development with an aim to finish the scheme in 2023, six years ahead of the original masterplan.


Up to 870 new homes
Located in the North-west of the Park next to Hackney Wick and Here East
Townhouses, mews, studios and flats
New primary school and two new nurseries
Floor space will consist of up to:

91,000 sq m residential
9,000 sq m employment space
5,600 sq m community
4,700 sq m retail and leisure

Up to 650 new homes
Located in the South-west of the Park near Old Ford and the Copper Box Arena
Studios, flats and family homes with private gardens
New primary school and two new nurseries and a health centre
Floor space will consist of up to:

67,700 sq m residential
1,000 sq m employment
8,400 sq m community
2,500 sq m retail

All the news reports back to last March say 2023 so today is trumpet blowing day one thinks. I’m not anti, it’s just not the amazing surprise implied by the Boris machine, though the press aren’t amazed, they already knew!

Has anyone looked on skyscraper.com recently, they’re good with renders?


I love the design! It is indeed exciting! 2023 is not too bad taking into consideration the large scale of the project.
Thanks @Lee and yes, I love the ‘barrel-esque’ design too!! :slight_smile:


Does anyone know if these will block views of the City from flats overlooking Honour Lea Avenue?


I meant skyscrapercity.com - always good for facts on past and present projects. I haven’t had chance to look this up yet but it’s full of Stratford stuff going back to at least 2007. Skyscraper City


It may well block something, most of us won’t be able to see the other side soon ie Canary Wharf/Orbit/Stadium soon. However as the plans haven’t been submitted yet there is no proper perspective on scale/height to view. You can see the area referred to on the plans so far. The plan to look at is 13/00508/REM viewable here - LLDC Planning Search


The aerial view is interesting / ominous; apologies in advance for spoiling the optimism :wink:

Obviously it is only an artist’s impression and there will be a hefty degree of artist’s license in terms of accuracy, but there’s a few odd things I noticed.

The road between the Copper Box snaking down to White Post lane will apparently not be part of the final design. By my reckoning this is already proving quite a popular route, for both cyclists and motor vehicles. This traffic between Waterden Road and White Post Lane would be forced to cross over the Carpenters Road on the existing wide bridge (currently pedestrianised) wind all the way through the new housing then double back to rejoin WPL, not, in my opinion, a very satisfactory solution for that part of the park. Just a thought. maybe it won’t be so bad.

Also, what about those River Lea pedestrian paths in the the BELVEDERE pic? There’s no indication that those paths south of the railway bridges will ever link those to north, near the wetlands. Again, I hope it is just a result of a hastily assembled render, but I fear it may well be part of the design.


@Oat44 — Well spotted, looks really interesting especially the opening in the land revealing Carpenters road by the ‘Barrels’. The Waterden road access does seem to route ‘around the houses’… I guess this all ties in with the ‘Hackney Wick Neighbourhood’ planning.


@Oat44 The last I heard LLDC were still planning to link the path from the bottom of the Wetlands to end of the ‘Stratford Riverside’ area in the South Park, but they still hadn’t agreed on the best design to achieve this. Because the North London line bridge has very limited clearance, they have to build the path as a sort of floating/floodable pontoon in the river, and there was some disagreement on how best to do this without adversely affecting the river in terms of flood risk and ecology.

While it is a little old now, so doesn’t reflect the exact layout of the new residential areas this map gives a good overview of the layout of the roads and the areas to eventually be developed.

Olympic_Legacy_Map_Page_1_Low_Res.pdf (602.1 KB)


Interesting map, thanks Ben. Fair point about the low bridge too, definitely a design challenge. It does confirm, however, my suspicions about the road layout near White Post Lane. That said, I think the overall variety of housing design around there is a good balance.


I know that there is pressure in building houses but from the pictures the park will shrink quite substantially. The current feeling of not living in a crowded place will disappear. I think that all this step by step construction is cynical and dishonest. They promised you large green areas that now will be used for buildings. Very annoying…


How can it be dishonest, all of this was agreed years before the Olympics even happened. In fact since the original master plan which was started around 2002 and agreed a couple of years later Boris insisted on more green spaces, more space between buildings, less height and more height in levels of buildings. I know I annoy some people every time I say this but all of this is easy to research. Just because X person says Y doesn’t mean it’s correct.


You can be 100% correct but when I visited East Village for the first time and I went to Triathlon stand the park was a huge green. I never saw this plans in there. I was just in shock when I saw that off the bridge in front of the velodrome they will build new flats. LOL.


@joaofonseca70 We all know that this stunning parkland was mostly a toxic post industrial wasteland… the masterplans were always going to happen and the Olympics only enhanced and accelerated the process. I agree when I see new buildings going up, we lose little vantage points across the park that will be lost forever. More reason to make sure that the architecture of these developments are nothing short of exceptional.

I’ve uploaded this PDF which is massive, a really thorough overview.

79.9MB PDF

Also this book has some stunning images: