On Friday 14 December Stephen Timms, the MP for East Ham and Minister for Competitiveness, paid a visit to Gemini Business Park in Beckton. The park has been created by the London Development Agency to accommodate businesses that have relocated from the Olympic site. Mr Timms’ tour included a visit to the Royal Opera House’s scenery making studio and Capital, a print works.
The site of the business park used to belong to a disused gas works. It has been decontaminated by the LDA and now features a range of eco-friendly technologies which will cut carbon emissions by an estimated 13%. These include solar panels, water efficient appliances, solar shades and an intelligent cooling system.
Stephen Timms said: "I was very impressed with what I saw at Gemini Business Park. The 2012 Olympics in Stratford will change Newham for the better – and Gemini is bringing us early benefits. Excellent environmental credentials make it an attractive base for innovative companies. As a result, Gemini is already bringing new jobs and vitality to the area."
Manny Lewis, Chief Executive of the London Development Agency, added: "Gemini is just one example of how the LDA is delivering London an Olympic legacy now. This former heavily polluted, ex-gasworks site is now setting the trend for eco design and bringing thriving businesses and employee spending power to a largely ignored area."