New school to play key role in Olympic neighbourhood

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Pic: London Legacy Development Corporation

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Pic: London Legacy Development Corporation

A new primary school is to be built in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a venture that will add to new Olympic neighbourhood.

Mossbourne Victoria Park Primary School will be located in Hackney’s East Wick, one of the five new housing villages planned for Queen Elizabeth Park.

The primary school, which is set to open in 2015, will be one of three new schools to be built in the Park.

Councillor Rita Krishna, cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services Stoke Newington Central, said: “We are delighted that such a strong provider has been appointed and look forward to working with Mossbourne to set up another successful Hackney primary school.”

East Wick will neighbour Hackney Wick and will include a significant proportion of family housing and generous public space, according to Hackney council.

The London Legacy Development Corporation, the organisation in charge of continuing the Olympic legacy for the East End, said the school’s completion is planned three years ahead of schedule.

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the Corporation, said the school “will play a key role in establishing the new neighbourhood” and that it “is a vital part of building mixed, balanced and long term communities that will bring the Park to life.”

Last month, Boris Johnson announced that 6,800 new homes, including 1,500 units of affordable housing, would be built in five new housing villages, one of which is East Wick.

This follows a report released by the Olympic and Paralympic select committee earlier this year, which asked the Mayor to take control of East London’s long term Olympic legacy.

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