Olympic Park London
For those fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the Park during the London 2012 Olympic Games, would have experienced a landscape of spectacular celebration of contemporary horticulture and planting design which comprised of half a mile of naturalistic perennial plantings. While the main focus in the Olympic Park Gardens, as a whole, is on native biodiversity and ecological approaches such as the annual meadows, the London 2012 Gardens explored the horticultural diversity of British gardens.
"The magnificent scale of the planting at the Olympic Park wowed the event's millions of visitors, as well as television audiences." Annie Gatti, Sunday Times
Walking the gardens, visitors were taken on a tour of the bio-diversity hotspots of the world that have been the major source of plants for UK gardeners over the past 600 years.
The design of the gardens was by LDA Design/Hargreaves Associates, who were the lead consultants for the Parks and Public Realm project. They called upon Professors James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett from the University of Sheffield, to assist in the development of the plant lists and specifications. Sarah Price undertook the spatial design of the gardens, and the detailed planting design within the gardens.
The works continue
The award of the 2012 Olympic Games to London was built on the commitments made to the on-going legacy and regeneration of a significant land parcel once the Games had finished. Our involvement with this legacy continued at the Olympic Park with our BALI 2014 Grand Award winning South Park Plaza Pleasure Gardens, the new and exciting Canal Park alongside the Lee Navigation Canal, the re-instatement of the landscape around the Olympic Stadium and now Here East, the building previously known as the IBC (International Broacast Centre) during the Games.