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Stratford City

In February 2005 planning permission was granted for a major mixed use development on the former Stratford Rail Lands, known as Stratford City. The development includes 465,000 square metres of offices, approximately 4,500 new homes (rising to approximately 5,000 with proposed amendments), 150,500 square metres of retail space and up to 2,000 hotel bedrooms, together with secondary school, primary school, drop-in health centre and primary care centre plus community facilities, including an employment bureau and youth facilities.

Stratford City Developments Limited received outline planning permission for the site in January 2007. The site has been split into six development zones, which will be brought forward via individual masterplans. The masterplan for Zone 1 was approved in August 2007, with reserved matters.  Applications for the detailed design of all the proposed buildings in zone 1 have been subsequently approved.

The Stratford City site will accommodate the majority of the Olympic Village, the home to 17,000 athletes and officials during the Games. It will also provide access to the Olympic Park from Stratford Regional and International Stations as well as from Stratford town centre.

What is Stratford City?
Located adjacent to the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Stratford City is the largest retail-led, mixed-use urban regeneration project ever undertaken in the UK and will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the whole of East London.

What will be there?
Stratford City’s vision for the future is of a new and vibrant community and a major new urban centre, for shopping, working, relaxing and living. Stratford City, in its first phase, will consist of modern retail, leisure and entertainment facilities (1.9m sq ft/175,000 sq m), office (1.1m sq ft/106,000 sq m) and hotel space (0.4m sq ft/34,800 sq m), residential apartments (1,224), community amenities, contemporary landscaping and public spaces.  It will also have a 12 screen Vue cinema.

Which retailers will there be?
The retail core will include flagship anchor stores, John Lewis, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer plus over 200 retail units offering a diverse mix of national and international fashion, lifestyle brands and catering alternatives.   It will also have a 12 screen Vue cinema.

How many jobs will be created?
Stratford City’s retail centre will create more than 25,000 construction jobs throughout the duration of the project, with a peak of 4,500 workers on site at one time. It is estimated that over 18,000 permanent jobs will be created on completion.

What stage is the development at?
Construction works started on site in 2008 and continue to progress well.  "Westfield Stratford City" as the retail centre will be known as, is due to open in 2011.

Will Stratford City be sustainable?
Stratford City will create a new standard for major regeneration developments in the UK. It will be underpinned by some of the most stringent environmental and sustainable development standards ever applied to an urban development in this country.

Carbon emissions will be reduced by utilising a highly efficient combined Cooling Heat and Power Plant, which will supply 75% of Stratford City’s power. Initially the carbon emissions will be 25% less than current benchmarks, rising to 50% by 2020 and up to 80% by 2050. Through the use of sustainable site based supply and drainage systems, residential water consumption will be cut by 30% and commercial by 20%.

How easy will it be to get there?
Stratford City will build on the existing excellent connectivity of Stratford, creating a bustling community through the delivery of transport and road network improvements. The new Stratford International Station will help to promote Stratford as Britain’s front door to Europe, serving Paris and Brussels in approximately 2 hours. Local rail links will reach St. Pancras in 7 minutes, Ebbsfleet in 10 minutes and Ashford in 20 minutes. Stratford City is also served by DLR, Central and Jubilee services and has direct rail links from London City Airport. Crossrail will also connect at Stratford.

And by road?
A new regional bus interchange on Station Avenue will be the focus for bus routes and all buses will connect to both the regional and international stations. Supporting road network improvements will be created for bicycles, buses and cars to access Stratford City, and over 5,000 dedicated retail car parking spaces and bike parks will be provided.

Why not enjoy a hot drink and a great view of the Olympic Park and Stratford City development.  The ViewTube is located on the Greenway, a short walk from Pudding Mill Lane, DLR Station.  Their website can be viewed on http://www.theviewtube.co.uk/