Buildings and historical research

The World War II Heavy Anti-aircraft gun emplacement: the magazine, cordite store, concrete ramps and walkway are visible

Documenting history

Fifty-two buildings and structures that had to be demolished to make way for the construction on the Olympic Park were photographed and/or surveyed, and subjected to detailed historical and documentary research.

They included industrial buildings, such as the Yardleys of London soap factory, features associated with canals and waterways, and infrastructure associated with the Great Eastern Railway and the Northern Outfall Sewer.

The outfall sewer was built in the 1860 after outbreaks of cholera and typhoid in London, and ‘the big stink’ of 1858 when the problem of sewage flowing in the Thames and the Lea was made worse by soaring summer temperatures.

Military structures from the Second World War were also recorded including tank traps, a pillbox, a radar station and an anti-aircraft gun emplacement.