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Regeneration in east London

Enquiry question: How does regeneration at the Olympic Park compare with Docklands?
Learning objectives

    Knowledge and understanding

    • Docklands was the first, large-scale regeneration project in the UK
    • It was a contentious regeneration project and the benefits were not equally shared
    • Docklands regeneration was market-led while Olympic regeneration was sports-led and planned to be more inclusive

      Geographical skills

      • Visual observation to confirm or correct predictions about regeneration impacts
      • Carry out an environmental quality survey
      • Carry out a survey on the impacts of regeneration
      Pre-visit recommendation

      Students should:

      • Be familiar with a map of east London and the relative locations of Docklands and the Olympic Park. Have some background knowledge of regeneration in east London.

      Meet at Canary Wharf Station. Either, tell the story of Docklands regeneration, using West India Dock as a visual aid, or visit Docklands Museum. Students list the main events in the story of regeneration in chronological order.


      Sheet 1: Dockland regeneration timeline


      Location 1: Wood Wharf Walk from Canary Wharf to Wood Wharf. Students will explore two areas – Wood Wharf and Cubitt Town – one that experienced regeneration and the other that didn’t. They predict in which area they are most likely to see certain features. As they explore, they can confirm or correct the predictions. They also carry out an environmental quality surveys and a Docklands regeneration survey with people at Wood Wharf.

      Location 2: Cubitt Town Walk to Cubitt Town. They repeat the same activities.
      They carry out an environmental quality survey and a Docklands regeneration survey with people at the ASDA superstore in Cubitt Town.

      Travel by DLR from Crossharbour to Stratford via Canary Wharf.

      Location 3: Stratford E15 Tell the story of Olympic regeneration in Stratford up to now. Explain that regeneration continues and it will take until 2030 before it is complete.

      Students carry out a Stratford regeneration survey to find out views of people about regeneration. They walk to the Carpenters Estate to carry out an EQS in an area not yet regenerated.

      Location 4: East Village E20 Walk through Westfield to East Village. Visit GetLiving London marketing suite for an overview of the village. Walk around the area for students to complete a final EQS in a regenerated area. They continue their Stratford regeneration survey.


      Location 1

      Sheet 2: Docklands map

      Sheet 3: Where would you be most likely to…?

      Sheet 4: Environmental quality survey

      Location 2
      Sheet 5: Environmental quality survey

      Sheet 6: Dockland regeneration survey

      Location 3
      Sheet 7: London Legacy Development Corporation map

      Sheet 8: Stratford regeneration survey

      Sheet 9: Environmental quality survey

      Location 4
      Sheet 10: Environmental quality survey


      Students study the Legacy map, showing how the area will develop over the next 20 years. They compare Olympic-led regeneration with Docklands. Discuss their ideas. How do market-led and sport-led regeneration projects differ? What are the similarities? How could the lessons from Docklands and Olympic regeneration be applied in future?


      Sheet 11: Dockland and Olympic regeneration compared

      Additional costs

      Rail travel in East London: Group travel card for students (free if booked in advance through TfL)

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