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Westfield unveils Stratford vision

Published:  09 January, 2007

Westfield has unveiled its vision for the 180-acre Stratford City development in east London, which will form the gateway to and principal legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The developer claims the entire project will be underpinned by some of the most far reaching and stringent environmental and sustainable development standards ever applied to an urban development in Britain.

When completed, Stratford City will consist of 13.5 million sq ft of new space incorporating 5 million sq ft of commercial development, 5 million sq ft of residential floorspace comprising 5,312 new homes – of which 3,000 will be used initially for the Olympic Village – together with community facilities, and public spaces.

Westfield will develop the retail spaces at Stratford City, and it is looking for development partners to undertake the rest of the project, with Lend Lease rumoured to be the front-runner. The 1.9 million sq ft retail and leisure development will be anchored by the John Lewis Partnership with a 240,000-sq ft full range John Lewis department store and a 32,000 sq ft Waitrose.

The town centre district will house the bulk of Stratford City’s retail content, linking two major rail interchanges: the new Eurostar station on the High Speed 1 line to the Channel Tunnel and Stratford Regional Station with its extensive rail, DLR, bus, mainline and underground connections. Westfield’s idea is to create a quality environment based on strong economic growth, to regenerate East London.

A gradual curving boulevard, flanked on one side by major retail facilities and a new residential and office district, will act as the central public space to the entire site. The surrounding neighbourhoods will have their own individual identity and sense of place, set within a clear grid of streets, parks, squares and open spaces that integrate seamlessly with each other.

Westfield’s development director, John Burton, said: “The plans we have submitted bring forward creative, innovative and cost effective solutions for the design, construction and operational stages of Stratford City’s development. We are conscious that these strategies and their implementation will create a new standard for major development projects.”