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Thursday24 July 2014

Great British garden plan for Olympic park

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LDA Design and Hargreaves Associates have unveiled plans for a classic British garden – complete with sandpit and frog pondin the heart of the Olympic Park.

The firms, appointed by the ODA in 2008 to design the park’s open spaces, have worked up ideas submitted by two members of the public who won a competition.

The 2,200sq m Great British Garden, due to start on site this summer, is close to the Populous-designed main Olympic stadium and will form a key part of the games’ legacy.

The garden is planned as a sequence of themed gardens based on the colours of the Olympic medals: The bronze garden includes a bronze water feature, rockery, sandpit and swing seat; the silver garden includes a spinney of silver birch trees with a large sundial set within silver-coloured paving as the centrepiece; while the gold garden includes a monumental oak tree with golden acorns engraved with the names of special Olympians and Paralympians.

Elsewhere a frog pond has been designed for both wildlife observation and “pond dipping”.

Plans by Allies & Morrison, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Populous to adapt London’s ExCeL conference centre into an Olympic venue have been approved by Newham Council.

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