Planning permission has been granted for a new plaza in the south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, between the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the Aquatics Centre and the stadium.
The 28 acre South Plaza will be a landscaped area dedicated to entertainment and cultural activities, contributing to the Legacy Corporation’s plans to double the open space inside the park in comparison to Games-time.
The backbone of the initiative will be a 12m wide tree-lined promenade opening onto a series of outdoor ‘rooms’, each with a distinctive character. They include an interactive labyrinth fountain, a classic carousel, a space for impromptu performances, a music room and a play area with climbing wall descending to the canal-side. There will also be a park hub adjacent to the Orbit housing a cafe, box office and roof-top pavilion.
The Legacy Corporation aims to open the South Park in spring 2014 following the phased opening of the North Park from 27 July 2013, exactly one year after the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.