With Hackney Wick having hosted a third of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the neighbourhood is still set to receive millions of visitors and millions in investment.
Work is well advanced in ensuring the Olympic legacy offers the best possible future. This includes the development of the Lower Lea Valley into a fully integrated public park, ensuring public and elite use of legacy sports venues, new homes and neighbourhoods and the opening of iCITY, a creative and tech business hub in the former Olympic Broadcast and Media Centres
iCITY is the anchor for unprecedented development and investment that will change Hackney Wick and the wider area into a regional hub for new media, digital arts, fashion, design and IT sectors. With almost 1 million sq ft of prime inner-city commercial office and studio space with top rate power and internet connectivity, excellent transport links and idyllic surroundings Hackney Wick looks set to be reborn as a new centre for business and enterprise in East London.
Hackney Council is also working to create a thriving new neighbourhood including affordable new homes, places to eat, shops and business space, alongside indoor sports facilities and green spaces and parks, as outlined in the emerging ‘Hackney Wick Masterplan'.
At present the wider neighbourhood has a burgeoning creative and cultural sector, alongside a wealth of potential development sites for short term interim uses and longer term employment and mixed use proposals. The affordability of commercial space makes it ideal as a location for the expansion of the creative sector located elsewhere in central and inner East London.