Queen Elizabeth II Park – Olympic Park
Skanska transformed a former industrial site to create a total of 100 hectares of parklands. This provided a colourful setting and festival atmosphere for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The parklands are still being enjoyed today.
The work included excavation, drainage and ducting, bespoke lighting and installation of halo masts with integral wind turbines.
Celebrating a British passion
We also delivered street furniture and irrigation, as well as the formal London 2012 gardens. The gardens stretch for half a mile between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium, celebrating centuries of British passion for gardens and plants.
Incorporating natural features
To achieve ecological continuity, areas of undisturbed habitat were incorporated into the design. Natural links were also created along the river valley corridor that connects to a network of open spaces, called the green grid.
Cultivating South Park
The feature gardens within the South Park involved procuring and growing over 60,000 herbaceous plants and 60,000 bulbs. The plants were sourced from all over the world and grown in a nursery for over a year prior to planting on site.
We worked closely with specialists to ensure the growing approach best suited individual plants, both in the nursery and on site.
The team of 11, managed by two head gardeners, worked to install and maintain the plants. The team’s efforts ensured the plants were provided with the best environment in which to flourish.