Olympic Park designer dies

Tributes have been paid to the man who oversaw the creation of London 2012's widely-praised parklands. John Hopkins - the landscape architect in charge of the scheme - has died suddenly at the age of 59.

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Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the London Legacy Development Corporation said:

“John’s contribution towards the creation of the UK’s largest new urban park for more than a century is immeasurable. His breadth of knowledge in landscape architecture ensured the parklands were the hidden treasure for many spectators during the Games, and his energy will live on as the park reopens for generations of visitors to enjoy.”

Olympic Park landscape architect dies

John Hopkins died suddenly last week at the age of 59 Credit: ITN

Tributes have been paid to the man who oversaw the creation of London 2012's widely-praised parklands.

John Hopkins has died suddenly at the age of 59.

Mr Hopkins' team developed more than 250 acres of green space in the park. Credit: John Giles/PA Archive

He was the landscape architect in charge of transforming more than 250 acres of the Olympic Park between 2007 and 2011.

Mr Hopkins - who studied at the university of Greenwich - died of natural causes at his home in America.

A wildflower meadow surrounded the statium. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

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