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Outdoor classroom for children

Published 19/05/2010 | 15:57

Schoolchildren will get a chance to use the Olympic Park as classroom, says Baroness Ford
Schoolchildren will get a chance to use the Olympic Park as classroom, says Baroness Ford

Schoolchildren are to get the chance to use the Olympic Park as an outdoor classroom, Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) chairman Baroness Ford has announced.

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After the 2012 Games one of the uses of the east London venue in Stratford will be as a residential field studies centre for youngsters to learn about urban design.

The plan to set up an urban residential field studies centre for up to 150 bed is included in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the OPLC and the Field Studies Council (FSC).

It is the first MoU deal to be signed by the OPLC, which is overseeing the development of the Olympic Park over 25 years.

Baroness Ford said: "Education is a key part of our vision to secure a sustainable legacy, and this is an exciting opportunity to explore options for London's first residential centre specialising in the built environment.

"We are already attracting a great deal of interest in the Olympic Park, helping us to secure a diverse offer that will bring people of all ages and background to the area after the 2012 Games."

The FSC, which has been looking to create a residential centre since 2007, believes the Olympic Park will be ideal as it is Europe's largest regeneration site.

Students are to be offered hands-on experience of urban design, building successful places and managing the environment. The FSC has been running day events in urban field studies in the host Olympic boroughs since 2006.

FSC chairman Tim Burt said: "Our vision is to develop a world-leading residential field centre specialising in outdoor education in the built environment - using the evolving and vibrant mix of buildings, spaces and parks to inspire and educate forthcoming generations of young people and their families."

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