Regeneration in east London

Key stage 5 Geography

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

Olympic regeneration was sports-led while Docklands was market-led

Geographical skills

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

Learning outcomes

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

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.

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.


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: Stratford regeneration survey

Sheet 8: Environmental quality survey

Location 4
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)