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Old November 26th, 2011, 02:37 PM   #2661
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Old November 26th, 2011, 04:21 PM   #2662
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Isn't this the land that Barry Hearn was after for Leyton Orient. If this is another temporary venue, it would be ideal for another football stadium although at this point highly unlikely it would happen.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 09:13 PM   #2663
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Stratford Set For Yet More Massive Plans

Plans have been revealed for a massive redevelopment of some brownfield land near to the 2012 Olympic site and Stratford High Street. Dubbed Strand East, the masterplan features the development of 1,200 new homes, including a number of 15 storey buildings on the eastern edge of the site, a new 350 bedroom hotel, shops, and a public sculpture which will rise 40 metres tall overlooking Dane's Yard.

One of the leading principles behind the scheme is that it should be the sort of thing to attract families en masse rather than the small flats often built in London for young professionals and aimed at the buy to let market. Here no less than 40% of all the housing will be three bedrooms or more, an enormous amount for the capital.

Intriguingly, or perhaps worryingly based on the previous experiences of London in such matters, the family housing will be built in areas aimed to be as car free as possible. One way of achieving this plan will be to link the buildings together using raised pedestrian walkways.

London hasn't had a very good experience of such things in the past with the likes of London Wall and Heygate Estate showing how hard it is to do it. In the case of London Wall pedestrians often preferred walking at ground level as it provided them with simpler access and stopped them being limited to a rigid set of routes. In the Heygate Estate the walkways simply turned into a rabbit warren of passageways for muggers and drug addicts.

The first part of the masterplan will be the landscaped public space in and around Dane's Yard. This along with a collection of shops and the sculpture have already received planning permission from the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation which exercises control over this part of London.

Developed by Landprop, a planning application for the rest is expected in early 2012.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 10:53 PM   #2664
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Maybe this is for paraolympians ?
Yes--the Paralympic tennis tournament will be held at Eton Manor. As seen in the picture, there will be nine competition courts (center and right side of the picture) and four practice courts (left side). The largest court will hold approximately 5,000 spectators.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 08:53 PM   #2665
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London 2012 Olympic handball test event hailed as major success

The London Handball Cup, the official London 2012 Olympic test event, has been hailed as a major success by organisers, athletes and spectators alike after five days of competition culminated in a gold medal for Austria today. Six women's teams battled it out in the new Handball Arena in the Olympic Park in Stratford, with Austria defeating Poland 23-22 in a closely fought final.

Angola, who were unlucky not to claim a final place after losing 26-25 to Poland in the semi-final, took the bronze medal with a 29-24 win over China, while hosts Britain missed out on the semi-finals after losing to Austria in their final group match.

Over 10,000 tickets for the event were given out by London 2012 organisers to local schools, colleges and residents to create a fantastic atmosphere here. The test event was used to test vital operations by London 2012 including testing of competition equipment, scoreboards, results, workforce and officials.

"It is great to see competitive action in the Handball Arena," said London 2012 head of sport competition David Luckes. "The test event has run very smoothly and the atmosphere generated by the local crowd has been electric.
Not only have we been able to test our operations, this has also been a great chance to showcase handball to a wider audience.

"We have been testing our scoring systems and timing technology as well as our workforce.

"The ability to integrate within a team to deliver a competitive event has been an invaluable experience for our staff and volunteers and will stand us in good stead for next summer."

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Old November 30th, 2011, 07:56 PM   #2666
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Are the Olympics regenerating East London?

Team GB has pledged to come at least fourth in the medal table at next year’s Games. But the true test of the Olympics will be the one felt after the lights come up on the closing ceremony – when the wider legacy of the multi billion pound investment in East London gets its chance to stand on the medal podium, or not.

Who's buying what?

There are now hundreds of flats being built in the Olympic boroughs of London, and the same numbers being sold.Housing developments in Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest – some of the poorest and most deprived boroughs in the country - are now pulling in first-time buyers, owner-occupiers and investors who recognise they’ll get more bang for the buck if they buy a home in this part of the Capital. And while not always moneyed, these new residents tend to come from the aspiring middle class – the types of residents who want to find a home with a high spec kitchen and a coffee shop lifestyle, or plan to rent their investment out to someone who does.

But to what extent is the Olympics driving this change out east? Estate agents Hamptons International say the Games are part of a larger regeneration picture in East London. The transformation is also being driven by Canary Wharf’s status as a global business hub and by a good availability of land for development in the Docklands area, helped along by Tower Hamlets’ open-minded planning attitudes to converting industrial land to residential.

“East London is undergoing significant regeneration with widespread residential investment in the area, due in part to London 2012 as well the growth of the Canary Wharf business district,” says Hamptons International’s Richard Pine Coffin. “The 2012 Olympic legacy offers tremendous opportunities for East London with the creation of new transport links, including the much awaited East London River crossings, the extension of the East London tube network and Crossrail.”

Demographic shift

This regeneration has already started to cause a demographic shift in East London. “We get a lot of single girls who want to buy here which is a good sign,” says Ian Conway of Felicity J Lord ’s Stratford branch who is at the coalface of housing influenced by London 2012 accommodation . “Developments are safe and transport is second to none.”

And while the area is popular with investors, the majority of those buying into the area are owner-occupiers, who Conway says are attracted by the area’s new more cosmopolitan atmosphere. “The regeneration of Stratford is great and even just looking outside our office, we can see they really cleaned it up: there are plants, there’s greenery. It’s doing wonders for the area, because obviously Newham was the most deprived borough in London previously.”

But is it down to the Olympics? Conway says yes, partly. “What we get here is almost an overflow of people from Canary Wharf. They’ve been renting there and paying exuberant amounts but now want to buy and can’t afford to do it there. We’re six stops on the DLR to Canary Wharf and three stops on the Jubilee line.”

The price is right

Price is a major draw too, he says. “Stratford is probably one of the last places in East London that’s untapped in terms of price growth. Bow has gone through the roof in the past five years, but now people are coming that little bit further east."

And yet, Conway is convinced the real benefits of regeneration won’t be properly felt until well after the Games. “Obviously, the infrastructure is being put in now and they’re working day in and day out to create a nice atmosphere, but I don’t think we’ll see the full extent of it until after the Games, which is historically when Olympic cities tend to see the benefits of regeneration.”

East London had started down the road to regeneration before London won the Olympics, says Ray Withers of property investment firm Property Frontiers, but the Games have been crucial in driving efforts forward. “Without the Olympic win we don’t feel the regeneration would have reached anywhere near the level it has now,” Withers says.

But whether London is awarded gold silver or bronze for it's regeneration efforts after the Games, won't be known until the greatest show on earth leaves town.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 07:13 PM   #2668
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 06:31 AM   #2669
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 08:47 PM   #2670
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First day betting spree set to hit £500,000 at UK's biggest casino

More than £500,000 is expected to be gambled at tables and on slot machines today as Britain's biggest casino opens its doors. Aspers Casino at the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre opened at noon. The 65,000 sq ft gambling complex will do business around the clock all through the year except for Christmas Day.

Richard Noble, chief operating officer, said he expected about 5,000 people on the first day. Customers are expected to spend around £100 each on average with winnings of about £80. He said: "It's a bit like a 24-hour Asda, you will always see people walking around at any time."

There will be two free draws on the first day, one at 5pm and another at 1am, with total prizes of about £10,000. Wins are capped at £4,000 on the slot machines and £50,000 on the sports betting games, but are unlimited on the gaming tables.

The opening of the casino, which has been criticised by some religious groups in east London, will create around 440 jobs, with 70 per cent going to Newham residents. It is the first so called "large" casino in Britain under the partial deregulation of the industry overseen by the Labour government. It is the only one to get the go-ahead in London.

There will be 150 slot machines with stakes from 1p upwards, 92 electronic gambling terminals, where roulette can be played from 10p a chip, eight sports betting terminals and a bingo game. There will be 40 gaming tables.

The opening of the casino is another step towards the completion of the Stratford City complex next to the Olympic Park. The £1.45billion shopping centre, the biggest urban mall in Europe, launched in mid-September.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 09:59 PM   #2671
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east london will be the best place to live in a few years times...i like east london...Bethnal green all along to Stratford...creativity is the tag phrase over there ... u find this kind of nowhere else's in gorgeous London Town
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 01:15 PM   #2672
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American cities are literally decades away in terms of the infrastructure found in London and around England. It's really quite depressing.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 07:55 PM   #2676
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American cities are literally decades away in terms of the infrastructure found in London and around England. It's really quite depressing.
Agreed- I live in NYC, and London is way ahead in many ways.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 08:10 PM   #2677
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Agreed- I live in NYC, and London is way ahead in many ways.
True, but vice versa ere are many things in NYC that are streaks ahead of London.
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True, but vice versa ere are many things in NYC that are streaks ahead of London.
Apart from number of tall buildings and wideness of roads, what exactly?
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Well widened of roads and footpaths was one thing I was going to refer to. It never felt super congested walking around NYC v London. Also the food scene is streaks ahead. London is heading in the right direction but it was amazing where NYC is re quality, locally sourced produce and ingredients etc. I know, not urban related as such, but it stuck in my mind a lot.

The tube is way better than the NYC subway for sure. I had to rely on the G line and it was a nightmare.

Btw not saying I prefer one to the other, as I love both cities.
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Well widened of roads and footpaths was one thing I was going to refer to. It never felt super congested walking around NYC v London. Also the food scene is streaks ahead. London is heading in the right direction but it was amazing where NYC is re quality, locally sourced produce and ingredients etc. I know, not urban related as such, but it stuck in my mind a lot.

The tube is way better than the NYC subway for sure. I had to rely on the G line and it was a nightmare.

Btw not saying I prefer one to the other, as I love both cities.
Agreed! London and a lot of England do feel congested. Lets not turn this into a discussion about which city is better - its just really interesting to see the great job being done with the infrastructure of the Olympic Park in London- infrastructure that may have been built in NYC with the cash injection that comes with hosting the Olympics, should they have won.
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