New plans for Olympic Park tours to preserve
post-Games "afterglow" – Independent


Arcelor Mittal Orbit

Dezeen Wire: the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower and other areas of the Olympic Park in Stratford are now likely to be kept open to paying visitors after the end of the Paralympic Games, reports The Independent.

The Orbit had been due to close for 18 months as the entire Olympic Park undergoes redevelopment, but Daniel Moylan, chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said it would be "tremendously advantageous" to invite people into the grounds in the meantime.

"They'd see that there really is activity behind the hoardings," he explained. "What we might lose is some of that Olympic afterglow, and we'd like to do everything we can to keep it".

Last week we reported on the unveiling of legacy plans for the Olympic Park, announced by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, which include the transformation of the press building into a technology, design and research centre, and the creation of up to 8000 new homes in addition to the athletes’ village.

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  • This is great news. I was feeling really disappointed that I didn't get a chance to have nose around.

  • Jan Dalton

    Quite agree with Kate’s comments, surely this must be a great tourist attraction, large screens re-running parts of the Olympics while doing tours would be GREAT!

  • sultony

    The Orbit Tower is a visual and structural disaster – quite simply the most awful sculpture that I have ever seen. Demolish as soon as possible please.