27 January, 2020
Urban Geography East London visits Sugar House Island
On a recent geography fieldwork trip to Stratford, Andrew Cobden, Managing Director for Vastint UK spoke to A level students about regeneration in east London, and what goes into creating a new urban environment like Sugar House Island.
Nick O'Sullivan from Urban Geography East London lead the group, we spoke to him to find out more about what they do:
Tell us about Urban Geography East London and the programmes that you offer for students.
We are a group of very experienced retired or semi retired Geography teachers and academics, with great expertise in delivering tailored fieldwork programmes in the east London area. We provide fieldwork days for all key stages from primary through to GCSE and A level. Schools and colleges from mainly the south east, but also from the rest of the UK and abroad, use our services. We aim to provide a high quality field work experience for the students which brings geography to life and encourages them to appreciate the huge changes going on in the area. Much of the work we cover is geared towards the common entry exam, the urban requirements of the new GCSE and providing a foundation for A level coursework.
A number of issues we cover are:
- How has east London been regenerated?
- Who are the winners and losers?
- Is the Olympic Park a model for sustainable living?
- Which communities will benefit from Crossrail?
- What is the impact of gentrification in Brick Lane, Hackney Wick, Stratford etc?
The full set of programmes that we offer are on our website.
What makes Stratford an area of interest for urban geography?
Nowhere in the UK is changing faster than east London. The 2012 Olympics was the catalyst, accelerating changes that were already happening here. For geographers this is a place to investigate themes such as regeneration, sustainable living, population change, urban challenges, inequality, transport developments and lots more. The legacy of the games is stretching far beyond the Olympic Park and has stimulated huge change in the east London area which will create a dynamic world class urban environment. Therefor the students have a great opportunity to study real life Geography.
What can students expect to take away from today’s programme?
The students were able to visualise the extent of regeneration in the Stratford area. From stakeholders such as Vastint they were able to fully appreciate the complex nature of regeneration from environmental protection to the social requirements of a community as well ensuring economic growth. The fact they were able receive an expert presentation on the development at Sugar House Island from Andrew, will enhance their understanding of rebranding and regeneration, give excellent case study material for their A level exams next year and perhaps spark an interest in perhaps pursuing a career in the industry.
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