London Legacy

September 2012 to September 2014

London Legacy was a two year involvement with community in the aftermath of the 2012 Olympic games. It was an examination of the role of community in policy, of the tools and means at its disposal to participate in the making of the so-called legacy of the Olympic Games.


The 2012 London Olympics bid was won against other bidding cities in 2006 on the basis that it would leave a permanent legacy for the people of east London whose neighbourhoods would host it. Thus 2012 Olympic Games was also called the Legacy Games.
The Legacy was to be delivered through a new public body, the London Legacy Development Corporation or LLDC or simply, the Legacy Corporation.


The Legacy Corporation was in fact the last of 3 lead corporations created for the London Olympics. These corporations each served a different function and in a sequence.
First was the ODA (Olympic Development Authority) 2006. The ODA would have attracted the most controversy as it was charged with responsibilities to acquire, clear and develop the land for the Olympic Games at times using compulsory purchase order powers.
Then it was LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) whose task was to simply deliver the 2012 games. Once the Olympic Games were over, it was dismantled.
Finally the LLDC to deliver a lasting legacy of the Games for the benefit of Londoners.



Siraj Izhar/  Secondary Modern Community Association London E5 0AQ
with thanks to communities around the Olympic Park
and many organisations including Community Links, City Mine(d) & London Tenants Federation