Green light for Stadium makeover

30 May 2013 in 2012 Games and legacy and Council and democracy and Mayor and Regeneration
Transformation works at the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been given the green light.​
The London Legacy Development Corporation’s planning decisions committee granted permission for the original stadium structure to be transformed into a 60,000-seater venue with a capacity of 80,000 for concerts.
The multi-purpose venue, which has Premier League club West Ham United confirmed as an anchor tenant, will host matches during Rugby World Cup 2015 as well as the 2017 World Athletics Championships.
The committee unanimously approved the application, which was made by the Legacy Corporation on behalf of E20 Stadium LLP – a special purpose vehicle comprising the LLDC and Newham Council.
Subject to a referral to the Mayor of London, work will begin later this year on the proposed alterations, which include introducing retractable seating in the lower tier and a new extended roof design to cover the new seating, as well as the re-use of the iconic lighting towers.
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “We will work hard to make sure our residents have access to the jobs created by the construction project as well the Stadium itself once it opens. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is beginning to take shape and the progress that’s been made so far is impressive.”
Dennis Hone, Legacy Corporation chief executive, said: “This is an important milestone that paves the way for the Stadium’s intended legacy use as an all-year-round venue."
In April members of Newham Council’s Strategic Development Committee were asked to comment on the planning application. Councillors agreed a response to the LLDC that said: “The proposed legacy use of the stadium for a range of sporting events, including pitch sports, athletics and concerts is fully supported. The design solutions that are proposed to enhance the versatility of the stadium are welcomed, particularly the proposed introduction of retractable seating, which will improve the spectator experience within the stadium for pitch sports.”
Councillor Conor McAuley, executive member for regeneration, said: “The Stadium is set to have a fitting legacy and will create job opportunities as well as community benefits for Newham residents.”