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ENGIE x Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - UK


How to help revitalize an East London neighborhood and improve the lives of locals?

By ENGIE - 31 October 2019 - 18:13

Hosting the Olympic Games is a great honor for any city. It requires the creation of infrastructure to support such a large-scale event, but often these new developments become underutilized after the closing ceremony. London decided to do things differently for the 2012 Games: The city built its Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with legacy in mind, using a sustainable long-term approach that places local residents at the heart of the development. Today, ENGIE, in partnership with London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), continues to shape the sustainable future of this new metropolitan center.

Client Challenges


  • Sustainable operation of infrastructure post-Olympics 
  • Creating a sustainable, vibrant and inspiring neighbourhood to live, work and visit
  • Presenting the park in an attractive way to boost further investment


“The most enduring legacy of the Olympics will be the regeneration of an entire community for the direct benefit of everyone who lives there.”

Roger Taylor, Director of the Olympic Host Boroughs Unit


ENGIE's Solution


To support this neighborhood transformation, ENGIE has looked to its BETTER Places program. 


Originally completed for the Olympic Games, ENGIE designed and constructed the state-of-the-art Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park district energy network, which it now operates as part of a long-term concession. Using low-carbon tri-generation, heating, cooling, and electricity are generated using local biomass. Post-Games, the network has been extended and is now serving homes, businesses, and communities across the Park and in neighboring areas of East London. 


ENGIE is also active in a facilities management capacity. The revamped Park area is divided into a business district and several “neighborhoods,” each centered around parks and squares and boasting play areas for children, schools, community spaces and various leisure facilities. From horticultural maintenance to events management and park security, ENGIE is taking a full-service approach to help ensure that the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park realizes its destiny as a sustainable community.

Expertise and Offers Mobilized


  • Combined cooling, heating, power (CCHP) and District Heating and Cooling Networks (DHC)
  • Facilities management 
  • Infrastructure maintenance
  • Urban development expertise
  • Regeneration
  • Eco-friendly environment

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