Department for Culture Media and Sport

regeneration legacy

The transformation of East London.

London 2012 physically transformed a huge area of east London, previously an overlooked wasteland, creating a vibrant neighbourhood, new business districts, improved transport links and a series of extraordinary sports venues.

75p of every £1 spent by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) was an investment in the long-term transformation of the area. The infrastructure now in place supports future development of the area.

The Olympic Park, as well as offering amazing world-class sporting facilities, will provide:

  • thousands of new homes for sale and rent, fifty per cent of which will be affordable
  • a new educational campus
  • a community health centre
  • new transport connections
  • new infrastructure of energy, water and telecommunications

An inclusive and sustainable legacy

London 2012 set an excellent standard of accessibility, making sure what was built for 2012 and after is inclusive for people of all cultures, faiths and ages, and accessible to disabled people with a wide range of impairments.

The venues were designed to be as sustainable as possible, using innovative techniques like light pipes to reduce energy use, and brown roofs to encourage new wildlife habitats.

A learning legacy for the future

London 2012 improved ways of working within the construction industry – with the ODA and its suppliers setting new standards in sustainability, health and safety, accessibility, and inclusivity. The innovations and lessons learned are available on the London 2012 Learning Legacy website for other organisations to implement.