Stratford has certainly gone up in most Londoners’ estimations. In the last few years it has hosted the Olympics, seen Europe’s largest shopping centre spring up in its centre, given east Londoners a train route direct to Paris, and got pretty trendy in the process.
Now Stratford should be getting its own indoor ski slope too, courtesy of Westfield – and it’ll be Britain’s biggest.
The indoor ski slope will offer 20,000 square metres of piste based on Alps conditions, with a range of runs, including one that stretches to some 300 metres – twice the length of the next-biggest in the UK.
It will be built next to the Olympic Park and cost up to £200m, and could be ready for slaloming Stratford-ers as early as 2015. It’s set to rival indoor snow domes like that in Dubai. The snow dome is expected to receive up to three million visitors a year.
Westfield Stratford City will submit its planning application to the London Legacy Development Corporation by the end of summer.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “One year on from London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games and we are defying the sceptics who prophesied a herd of white elephants.
“This weekend, elite athletics returns to the magnificent Olympic stadium and major contracts are now in place to transform the venue into a multi-sport arena. In further good news, Stratford’s status as a stunning new destination is confirmed by Westfield’s plans for a world-class indoor ski centre.
“This underscores the massive confidence in this area from investors which is delivering a real payback for taxpayers in terms of jobs and the regeneration of east London.”
Westfield said in a statement: “This new leisure attraction will be a strong addition to Stratford which in just one year following the London 2012 Olympic Games has become a vibrant part of London with improved transport, major office lettings, residential and student housing investments, high hotel occupancy rates and a new park with an exciting cultural and events program.”
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