LLDC Community Facilities Supporting Study

Mend recently completed a study for the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) helping to articulate what “community facility” means in the context of the future build out of the Legacy Community Strategy (LCS) on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. LLDC were keen to learn lessons and best practice from existing local facilities which could inform models for successful new ones in the Park.

We did an extensive mapping exercise to identify the range and type of existing community facilities in the vicinity of the Park and produced a series of thematic maps.  We also produced a set of detailed case studies from research and  interviews with existing facilities, including Bromley-by-Bow Centre, St Paul’s Way Centre, Oxford House, Chat’s Palace, Chandos East and Carpenters + Docklands Centre.

These case studies helped us to identify three distinct delivery models, with inherent characteristics around the way facilities are organised, funded and managed as well as a detailed SWOT analysis of their benefits and challenges. They also helped us to draw up a set of principles and recommendations for how new facilities in the Park could be delivered.

We worked closely with LLDC and the Community Facilities Working Group to test the findings. There was strong emphasis around addressing the challenges of planning and providing for a community that does not exist yet and providing the flexibility and adaptability to enable new and existing neighbourhoods, communities and facilities to grow and develop naturally together ,over time.

The findings of the study have directly informed the LLDC LCS Community Facility Strategy and Mend supported LLDC with drafting, design and production of this document. We also supported LLDC with the drafting, design production of the LLDC LCS Community Engagement Strategy.

Image Copyright: Chila Kumari Burman St Paul’s Way Centre Glitter + Ice Cream Project

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