Regeneration in east London
Key stage 5 Geography
Enquiry question: How does regeneration at the Olympic Park compare with Docklands?
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
• Olympic regeneration was sports-led while Docklands was market-led
• Visual observation to confirm or correct predictions about regeneration impacts
• Carry out an environmental quality survey
• Devise and/or carry out survey on impacts of regeneration
Most students will be able to:
• Put the main events from Dockland regeneration into chronological order
• Evaluate their predictions about the impacts of Dockland regeneration
• Compare environmental quality inside and outside regenerated areas
• Compare views on Dockland regeneration for those who live and/or work there
• Compare the characteristics of Dockland and Olympic regeneration
• Apply the lessons learned from Dockland regeneration to the Olympics
• 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.
• Devise their own regeneration surveys to use in Docklands and Stratford
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: Millwall Dock. Walk from Canary Wharf to Millwall Dock. Students will explore two areas – Millwall Dock 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 environmental quality surveys.
Location 2: Cubitt Town. Walk to Cubitt Town. They repeat the same activities. Then split the group to carry out a Docklands regeneration survey with people in the two areas. Two recommended locations are ASDA superstore in Cubitt Town and Glengall Grove in Millwall Dock.
Travel by DLR to Stratford. Option to take the Emirates Airline cable car from North Greenwich to Royal Victoria.
Location 3: Stratford. Tell the story of Olympic regeneration in Stratford up to now. Explain that regeneration continues and it will take until it is complete.
Students carry out a survey to find out views of local people about regeneration. They walk to the Carpenters Estate to carry out an EQS in an area not yet regenerated.
Location 4: East Village. 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 regeneration survey with residents.
Sheet 2: Docklands map
Sheet 3: Where would you be most likely to…?
Sheet 4: Environmental quality survey
Sheet 5: Environmental quality survey
Sheet 6: Dockland regeneration survey
Sheet 7: Stratford regeneration survey
Sheet 8: Environmental quality survey
Sheet 9: 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 be applied to Olympic regeneration?
Sheet 10: London Legacy Development Corporation map
Sheet 11: Dockland and Olympic regeneration compared
Additional costs (2017 prices)
Rail travel in East London: £4.00 per students on a group travel card (or free if booked in advance through TfL)
Emirates Airline cable car: £2.30 per student (optional)