Press Release

City Leaders Lay Out ‘Post-Legacy’ Future of East London

Four years on from London 2012, leaders from the public and private sectors are coming together to explore what has been achieved in east London, and the many opportunities and challenges ahead.

  • Speakers include: Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney and future deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, and Frances Corner, Head, London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor UAL
  • Rising in the East Conference, 9:00AM, Wednesday 27 July, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Held on the eve of Rio 2016, Rising in the East is a half-day conference which provides an opportunity to take stock of the assets and challenges east London faces. The event will question what more needs to be done to make the Park a destination of choice for people and businesses.

Hosted by Centre for London, a politically independent think tank which generates ideas for a successful and inclusive city, the conference will feature the following speakers: Alan Penn, Dean of The Bartlett UCL Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL; Carol Lake, Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility, International Markets, J.P. Morgan; John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets; and Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham.

Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London said:

“The Olympics were a huge success, but the story of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is potentially more exciting.  We have an opportunity, unique in London’s recent history, to create a new part of the city – one that builds on the best of London while incorporating new ideas and technologies.

“But there are big challenges, as well as opportunities ahead.  The new Mayor has yet to lay out his vision for the Olympic Park and Brexit could change everything’

David Edmonds, Chair, London Legacy Development Corporation said:

“So much has been achieved since 2012 and while it is fantastic to reflect on the past, this conference allows us to look to the future and the great opportunity we have to build a new part of the city and realise the huge potential that is east London.”

This event has been generously supported by sponsors London Legacy Development Corporation and Westfield Stratford City, and venue partner Here East.