Giant Jubilee Marker Uunveiled by Duke of Gloucester on London 2012 Cycle and Walkway

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The Duke of Gloucester unveiled a permanent landmark for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on a route that was jointly inspired by the London 2012 Games.

Giant Jubilee marker unveiled by Duke of Gloucester on London 2012 cycle and walkway

Giant Jubilee marker unveiled by Duke of Gloucester on London 2012 cycle and walkway

The E II R feature will be a fabulous reminder of a year in which both The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Games are celebrated.

The Duke of Gloucester unveiled a permanent landmark for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on a route that was jointly inspired by the London 2012 Games.

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Alongside the Games, the Diamond Jubilee will be one of this summer’s great celebrations, with the two events taking place in quick succession of one another.

A large impression of The Crown and E II R insignia was installed on the Greenway by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as part of the Jubilee Walkway Trust’s 60km London-wide walking and cycling route that celebrates the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Lighting effects will run through a symbolic 60 second sequence, creating a shimmering effect at night.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester said: “It is wonderful that the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Games have come together to create a unique emblem on the edge of the Olympic Park that will be enjoyed by people for years to come.''

Sixty glass pavement markers make up the piece on the Greenway - a walking and cycling route that has benefitted from substantial investment in the run-up to the Games. The ODA has funded the improvement of a 2.3km stretch linking the Olympic Park, which will become the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the Games, to Victoria Park and West Ham Station. It has done this by working in partnership with Thames Water, Newham Council and Tower Hamlets Council to maintain and improve the section and surrounding areas.

The Greenway has been resurfaced and widened to improve the cycleway and footpath, while new signage, fencing, seating and improved access points have been installed. There is also ongoing work taking place at West Ham Station, which will benefit from temporary lifts, a temporary bridge and a ramp, which provides quick access to the Greenway.

It will form part of the wider 60km long route that is marked out by around 500 square glass plaques along the way. Designed as a more extensive route than the existing Jubilee Walkway, the new route links central London Games venues with many of the Capital’s favourite parks, attractions, palaces and views.

ODA Chief Executive Dennis Hone said: “It is a fitting tribute that this special Jubilee marker is placed on the outskirts of the Olympic Park as we look forward to an incredible summer, starting with the Diamond Jubilee and ending with the Games. The Greenway has been vastly improved in time for both events so that cyclist and pedestrians have the option of cutting through the city by making use of the route.”

Chairman of the Jubilee Walkway Trust Hugo Vickers said: “The E II R feature will be a fabulous reminder of a year in which both The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Games are celebrated. This morning Her Majesty The Queen formally opened the Jubilee Greenway at Buckingham Palace. This afternoon The Duke of Gloucester joined us at the Olympic Park so both ends of the 60km Jubilee Greenway route have been recognised and the Jubilee Greenway has received the most wonderful launch."

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “London 2012 is all about inspiration - and the revamped Greenway, with its magnificent view, is an inspiring site. This year will be an amazing and special time in Newham's history. We see the Games as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the lives of local people.”

Notes to Editors:

  •      The large Greenway symbol uses 60 of the glass markers, with LED bulbs in a stainless steel tray beneath each to light the project at night
  •      Each plaque measures 40cm across and have been positioned on turning points to help people navigate walkways, with each marker handcrafted from recycled and waste glass sourced from across London. The glass was crushed, moulded and then baked for several days before being engraved and painted with the bespoke logo.
  •      The original Jubilee Walkway opened in 1977 to celebrate Majesty The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. The 15-mile route connects all of the city’s most famous sights, from Buckingham Palace to the stately dome of St Paul’s. To mark The Queen’s 50-year reign, two additional loops were added encompassing Bloomsbury and the City itself.
  •      The Greenway regeneration has been designed by London-based architects Adams and Sutherland working closely with Arup. VolkerFitzpatrick carried out the improvement works.
  •      The Olympic Park Legacy Company, which will take the Olympic Park forward after the Games, named the Olympic Park the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park following agreement with and permission from, Her Majesty the Queen, the British Olympic Association and the International Olympic Committee.
  •      The Olympic Park Legacy Company was established in May 2009 by its founders - the Government and Mayor of London - as a public sector, not-for-profit company, responsible for the long-term planning, development, management and maintenance of the Olympic Park. For more information visit http://www.legacycompany.co.uk

For further information please contact the Olympic Delivery Authority Press Office.

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