New mixed-use pavillion for Olympic site at Stratford

Property group Lendlease has been granted planning permission to develop a 9,290 sq m (10,000 sq ft) pavilion at International Quarter London (IQL), at the gateway to the former 2012 Olympics site in Stratford.

The statement building has been designed by ACME for Lendlease and development partner LCR, and is formed of a series of timber terraces. It will include two restaurants, a café, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) Visitor Centre, while creating new public outdoor spaces. An amphitheatre-like space will encourage people to dwell in the area, and watch activities in Endeavour Square.

The London Legacy Development Corporation Planning Decisions Committee has approved the plans. Lendlease managing director for European property Jonathan Emery says: “IQL is a world class business destination, sitting in the heart of east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and with great transport links. The pavilion represents a significant investment in placemaking and amenity, which underpins our ambition to build a new neighbourhood here.”

IQL will be home to around 6,300 workers by the end of 2018. Cancer Research UK and the British Council are due to swell the working population further by moving their headquarters to IQL in 2019 and early 2020 respectively, bringing a further 2,000 people.

LCR chief executive David Joy adds: We are pleased to have secured another important planning consent for IQL. The Pavilion will provide a new public space for the community within an impressive, high quality setting. An exciting addition to the development, the Pavilion will join the many other attractions on offer to residents, workers and visitors in this thriving neighbourhood.”

The Pavilion is one of the ‘third space’ locations across IQL that will provide opportunities for people to work outside the traditional confines of the office.  This supports Lendlease and LCR’s vision of creating a neighbourhood that makes a significant positive impact on the health and happiness of workers, residents and the wider community.