London 2012 legacy body spells out Olympic Park sustainability commitments
Sunday, 06 May 2012
May 6 - The body responsible for the long-term development and maintenance of London's Olympic Park after the 2012 Games, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), has published a set of sustainability commitments.
The pledges, which will guide negotiations with developers as up to 8,000 new homes are built over 20 years, are contained within an 84-page sustainability guide.
Organised under seven broad headings, they include:
● Potable water use of no more than 105 litres per day per person
● 15 per cent reduction in embodied carbon in new construction, as
compared to industry baseline;
● 25 per cent minimum recycled content of major materials (by value)
within new buildings and infrastructure;
● 100 per cent of timber products from legal and sustainable sources
supported by appropriate evidence;
● Energy-efﬁcient lighting installed across the park;
● Zero municipal waste directly to landfill by 2025;
● No home to be more than 350 metres away from a bus stop;
● 95 per cent of visitors to events and attractions to arrive by public transport, cycle or on foot.
The LLDC said it would establish review mechanisms to "make sure the targets are updated when they have been met and to address any challenges in meeting them".
In its post-Olympics guise, the park will comprise, in addition to five new residential neighbourhoods, 102 hectares of open space, five permanent sporting venues, event spaces, 45 hectares of biodiverse habitat and a network of pathways, cycle routes and waterways.
A shortlist of three bidders competing to build the first neighbourhood – Chobham Manor – was unveiled in March.
Andrew Altman, LLDC chief executive, said that the guide set out "an ambitious plan to not just deliver sustainable parklands, homes and jobs, but also to create an environment that drives behavioural change."
This ambition would, Altman said, "shape every development on the park from the low-energy homes, to the ticketless events, to the beautiful bio-diverse habitat we plan to create."
You can download the LLDC guide here.