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ENGIE x Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - UK


How to revitalise an East London neighbourhood for the long term?

By ENGIE - 07 January 2021 - 14:40

To host the 2012 Olympic Games, London had to invest in new infrastructure to support such a large, international event. Motivated by an inclusive, long-term vision for its facilities, the city decided to use the opportunity to define a revitalisation strategy for the entire host neighbourhood. Today, ENGIE continues to support the sustainable development of this new metropolitan area, in concertation with local residents.


ENGIE’s solution for the London neighbourhood: a local energy production network based on renewable sources

We designed and built a latest-generation network for the Olympic Park. Low-carbon cogeneration uses local biomass to generate cooling, heat and electricity. Since the Games, the network has been extended and is now serving homes, businesses and communities across the Park and in neighbouring districts of East London.

Our role also includes facilities management. Designed around the wellbeing of the people who live and work there, the huge, refurbished urban area has many parks and gardens and devotes a lot of space to schools and playgrounds, community centres and leisure facilities. ENGIE provides a range of services, from parks maintenance to event management, adopting a cross-disciplinary approach to make tomorrow’s city both sustainable and attractive!

London 2012 was a fine opportunity for the city to push ahead with sustainable development. While there are many recent examples of sporting facilities being abandoned after major events, London decided to take the opportunity to revitalise the entire neighbourhood while building the Olympic Park.


“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


Key Figures

  • About 110,000 tonnes of CO2 saved every year since 2015, compared with previous heating and cooling systems
  • 18 km network, extended by additional 4 km since 2012
  • + 63% connected cooling capacity since 2012

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