The Greenway is the first major piece of public realm to be completed and opened to the public as part of the London 2012 urban regeneration and legacy projects, forming a permanent gateway to the Olympic Park.
Comprehensive landscape design, biodiversity and access improvements have regenerated a 2.5km section of pedestrian/cycle path which sits atop of the historic Northern Outfall Sewer. Working with local architects Adams & Sutherland, Arup provided planners, project managers, engineers and sustainability consultants to this important regeneration project.
The highly sensitive sewer structure, steep embankments and numerous interfaces with bridges along the route provided significant challenges. In addition, strict loading restrictions required innovative and bespoke engineering solutions to realise the architectural proposals without compromising the design philosophy.
Working with the community
In the past, The Greenway has been a target for graffiti, vandalism and fly-tipping. Despite this, the route is well used and known as a convenient traffic-free route linking Tower Hamlets to Beckton District Park. Working with local volunteer groups, cycling and walking charities the expectations and opinions of the local people were deeply embedded into the design. This has subsequently helped the community to take ownership of the scheme and tackle ongoing antisocial behaviour.
A major component of the project was the careful selection of materials and development of the construction strategy before and during the project to maximise the sustainability credentials under CEEQUAL (The Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment). This played a significant role in exceeding the original sustainability goals of the scheme and delivering on wider Olympic Park targets.