Thursday, 7 December 2017
Sweetwater is the next stage of the park to be built, located in the borough of Tower Hamlets it will house 650 homes, a primary school, two nurseries, a health centre and a library. Sorry, I mean an idea store. During the games this area was where the worlds largest McDonald’s was briefly located, along with the London 2012 Megastore. Prior to 2007 it housed the Bow Industrial Estate and Carpenters Business Park. To the west of Sweetwater, on the other side of the River Lee Navigation, lies Fish Island, not officially part of the Olympic Park but undergoing a huge amount of building works right now and under the jurisdiction of London Legacy Development Corporation planning department.
The only current way to enter this side of this area of the park by motor vehicle is via White Post Lane, which used to begin at Victoria Park, but now begins on the other side of the A12 with the first section due to form part of quietway 6. Most of it runs along construction sites at present but as it reaches the Olympic Park it runs past the former six storey Clarnico’s chocolate factory (now mother studios) and the two storey white building, originally built to roast imported cocoa beans arriving via boat (hence the name Sweetwater), and now the White Building and always popular Crate Brewery and Pizzaria. This road was closed from 2007 through to 2013 and as a local I got used to the pleasant silence of the area and so it was quite a surprise when it originally reopened to motor traffic but four years on I’ve grown used to it once again