Arcadis City Challenge in London

London is undoubtedly one of the world’s most iconic cities. From Big Ben to Wembley Stadium, our city boasts world-famous structures that have played host to some of the most notable events in history.

Arcadis City Challenge London

An Olympic Legacy

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – the sporting complex built for the stand-out landmark success of the 2012 London Olympics – is no exception. Ever since Arcadis’ involvement in delivering the Athletes Village, the Olympic Park has held a special place in my heart, truly exemplifying what it means to create a sustainable post-games legacy

We saw this achievement once again being brought to life this week when, as part of our  Arcadis City Challenge programme, a number of our people and clients participated in Chase the Sun.  This 10k run around the impressive Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park really bought to life the scale and achievement of one of London’s most ambitious regeneration projects.  

A world-class city

Arcadis has long been at the heart of London. From the remodelling of the world-famous London Bridge station to the creation of Thames Tideway Tunnel, which will provide clean water to millions, our history and heritage is bound up in improving quality of life for everyone who lives, works and travels through our cities. 

In London, this means supporting the concept of ‘Good Growth’ - growth that is socially and economically inclusive and environmentally sustainable. These principles have been admirably laid out by the Mayor in the context of the London Plan, but it’s important to recognise the critical role that high quality and inclusive social infrastructure plays in our communities. 

Regeneration for the community

This is something that the Olympic Legacy got so right. Land has to be used in the best way to meet the needs of existing and future residents – whether that’s education and healthcare facilities or, as we saw this week, sporting provision that everyone can access and enjoy.

With the Commonwealth Games set to come to Birmingham in 2022, there are certainly many lessons that can be taken from the London 2012 Olympic experience. Of course, the delivery of a world-class stadium is an integral part of the picture, but it’s also about far more than that. 

Legacy benefits need to be realised long after the Closing Ceremony, and this was no better exemplified than by seeing our Arcadis teams running around the Queen Elizabeth Park nearly six years after the end of the 2012 Olympics.  

From the provision of community facilities to the knock-on impact around improving health and wellbeing, it is evident that we can all enjoy the long-term ripple effect from sensitive, integrated regeneration and development long into the future. I’m looking forward to seeing this play out as we continue to take our Arcadis City Challenge programme around the rest of the UK!  

Peter Hogg

UK Cities Director Ask me a question