Plans go in for huge Olympic Park construction hub

Network Rail Property has submitted an outline masterplan to regenerate 30 acres of brownfield land at Bow Goods Yard on the Olympic Park in East London.

The scheme will deliver London’s largest integrated construction rail freight logistics hub capable of transporting 3.5m tonnes of materials to and from the site every year.

Bow Goods Yard is one of London’s primary railheads and the new scheme will increase its capacity taking up to 90,000 HGV movements a year from London’s roads.

The masterplan maximises the capacity of the railhead, improves rail freight efficiency through consolidating operations and encloses and screens the existing concrete-batching facility and rail sidings.

It will also deliver a new centralised hub for Network Rail alongside extensive warehousing and workspaces plus a  range of leisure uses are proposed to increase activity around Bow Goods Yard and complement existing facilities on the Olympic Park.

Robin Dobson, Group Property Director at Network Rail, said: “This masterplan takes an ambitious approach to unlocking a challenging site and putting infrastructure at its heart. By reimaging the land-use, we are creating a state-of-the-art freight, warehousing and logistics campus that is vital to London.”

“The scheme supports a more sustainable capital with the new green spaces and leisure areas positively contributing to the local community now and for future generations. Being a better, more sustainable neighbour is a clear priority for us.”

The masterplanning team for Bow Goods Yard included: Maccreanor Lavington Architects and Urbanists, UMC Architects, Architecture 00, East, WSP, make:good, Useful Projects, Montagu Evans and Currie and Brown.

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