The International Quarter
The International Quarter is a large scale business and residential development in East London's Stratford City. Located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the development will be home to approximately 7,000 office workers by spring 2018. The International Quarter is designed to provide modern work spaces that are sustainable and flexible.
About the International Quarter
The International Quarter is a joint venture between Lend Lease and London & Continental Railways (LCR). The £2 billion development is expected to create more than 25,000 jobs in the area, further supporting the growth of Stratford City as an emerging economic centre in East London. The site will have direct access to Stratford International, London Underground and Docklands Light Rail (DLR) stations. Buildings will offer tenants beautiful views of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, including the Stadium, the London Aquatics Centre, and the Culture and Education Quarter.
The development is just eight minutes by train to London's Liverpool Street Station and six minutes from St. Pancras. It will feature approximately four million square feet of new workspace, as well as over 52,000 square feet of retail space, cafes, bars and restaurants. The International Quarter will also feature the four-star Penny Broke hotel with 220 rooms, the 42-storey Manhattan Loft Gardens hotel and residential development, and the Adagio apartgotel with 137 apartments. In total, the development will add up to 330 homes at Glasshouse Gardens. It will also be home to new childcare and community facilities, including three acres of parkland and open spaces.
The International Quarter (TIQ) will be divided into two sites, with Stratford International Station and Westfield Stratford City separating the two. TIQ North sits to the north of Stratford International Station, while TIQ South is located along the south-west side of Westfield Stratford City and north-east of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park including the London Aquatic Centre and the Stadium. TIQ North will feature two eight-storey and one 21-storey office buildings as well as a 20-storey hotel. TQI South will be home to two residential towers and eight planned office buildings ranging from 5 to 20 storeys.
Working in the International Quarter
The International Quarter will offer an attractive workplace that is efficient and flexible. In addition to customising spaces for new tenants, office space will be quickly adaptable to changing needs and requirements of tenants. Environmentally-friendly office buildings will feature natural light and views of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and will also be designed to circulate 100 per cent fresh air. Buildings will also be designed to incorporate open atriums and connections to outdoor spaces with outdoor public areas. Amenities will include bars, cafes, and restaurants. There will also be access to health facilities, including nearby gyms at the London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box. The International Quarter will also be within walking distance of the Lee Valley VeloPark and Westfield Stratford City. Restored parkland and waterways within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will also provide inviting spaces for workers in the development.
Construction on the site commenced in 2014. The first businesses to open operations at the International Quarter are expected in 2017 when the first office building is completed. That year, the first apartments at Glasshouse Gardens will also be ready for occupation and the Manhattan Loft Gardens hotel will open. The site's second office building will open in 2018, along with the new International Square. Development will continue into 2020.
At the north and south sites of the International Quarter take shape and grow, other new development in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will connect to and complement the International Quarter. In 2016, the former Olympic Stadium will re-open as the new home for West Ham United. The Stadium will also host world-class events, such as the Rugby World Cup and the IAAF World Athletics Championships. The new Crossrail service will start serving Stratford in 2019, which will connect the area with Heathrow Airport in about 42 minutes. The first phase of the University College London campus and the Culture and Education Quarter will open their doors in 2020.