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The London Legacy Development Corporation Planning Decisions Committee resolved to approve plans for a new 10,000 sq ft pavilion at International Quarter London (IQL).

The multi-storey pavilion, designed by ACME for Lendlease and LCR, is formed by a series of timber terraces and will create a new gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) in Stratford, east London. The building will be an extension of the public realm, and its amphitheatre appearance will encourage visitors to pause and dwell in the area and watch the ongoing activities in Endeavour Square.

The building will house the QEOP Visitor Centre, a café and two restaurants, complemented by outdoor space. There will also be an accessible roof terrace, accessed by a central lift, with far reaching views across IQL, the QEOP and what will become East Bank, the future home of Sadler’s Wells, the V&A and UAL, among others.

The building, constructed with cross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (glulam), echoes the timber language evident in many of the QEOP landmark buildings such as the Aquatics Centre and the Velodrome, and provides a connector between these and the built environment of IQL. It will be built out of sustainable materials using modern methods of construction to reduce waste on site, targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating.  

The Pavilion is also one of many ‘third space’ locations across IQL that provide opportunities for people to work outside the traditional confines of the office.  This supports Lendlease and LCR’s vision of creating a neighbourhood that makes a significant positive impact on the health and happiness of workers, residents and the wider community. 

David Joy, Chief Executive of LCR, said: “We are pleased to have secured another important planning consent for IQL. The Pavilion will provide a new public space for the community within an impressive, high quality setting. An exciting addition to the development, the Pavilion will join the many other attractions on offer to residents, workers and visitors in this thriving neighbourhood.”

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