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254: London 2012 Olympic Regeneration - Property Investor's Update

02-15-2009 team234: London Olympic Games - impact on London property

The London Property Hotspots map shown below was prepared the team to help property investors pin-point the most prospect areas for asset price increases from mid 2009 up to 2012 and beyond  - it provides a summary of many of the key investment areas within East and South-East London which are likely to be positively impacted by the following new infra-structure developments in the next ten years:handsome-patrick

London Map Property Hotspots - including Olympic Regeneration and Potential Boom Areas -key areas for property investment and high returns in run up to 2012 Olympics











 map Oct 2008 


Properties purchased close to the new rail/tube stations and infra-structure projects, preferably within quiet Victorian neighbourhoods, are likely to see significant above trend house price movements in the next ten years, continuing the trend experienced in the last 5 years. Why? Because the pokitchen-beautiful-woman-cookingpulation of London is forecast to expand by another 600,000 people by 2015 - we cannot foresee anything like the house building required to keep up with this demand. In addition, London is likely to remain a critically important global financial and services centre - providing solid and relatively high paid employment. This despite the recent financial turmoil Oct 2008 which we envisage to lead to a recession in the UK in 2009 but rapid recovery end 2009 and into 2010 and beyond. 

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If you consider the all new infra-structure developments together, then work out when these will occur and their overlapping spheres of influence from an general impact and time stand-point, you can then work out the highest change of positive change, and the biggest impact regeneration will have within these areas. If positive change and regeneration take place, it is highly likely the prices will firstly rise, and secondly rise at a high rate than surrounding areas. Good examples of areas with profound overlapping spheres of influence are:

These are some of our top potential regeneration hotspots for the next four years in the UK - all of these will be positive impacted by the Olympic Games, East London Line, Eurostar (High Speed One), City and Canary Wharf financial developments, and Docklands Light Railway extensions. 

The key to the property price increases which are anticipated from mid 2009 to 2012 is the Olympic regeneration and development programmes planned and being built. Billions of pounds will be spent regenerating previously derelict areas of the Lower Leas Valley around Stratford and southwards to the River Thames. These developments will improve rail, tube, road and general infra-structure which will:

Below is provide a selection of maps and images to provide you with a database showing where the key new developments will be and where the Olympic events will be held. As a general rule, the larger the positive change and the larger the infra-structure investment, the higher the property price increase will be for used (existing) property. 

If you locate good quality Victorian property in quiet streets close to the new developments, you will pobably see large price increase after 2009. Examples are:

If you walk around these areas, you will be able to images how they may look like Kennington or Fulham one day - if the infra-structure developments transform East London as some people expect. It will never be West London, but the centre of gravity of London has been and will be pulled eastwards in future years as East London becomes more desirable to live in.

So what’s certain?

Not much, but a few things in the UK that we believe have some certainty around them:


 Note – soon you’ll be able to commute from Folkestone to London in 49 minutes – that’s amazing! It will be quicker than Brighten to London – surely it will have a positive impact on property prices in this regenerating town. 


Hence our London property hotspots map stays as relevant as ever – the news that Keira Knightley has just bought a £2.5 million pad in Shoreditch is a good anecdotal indicator of the popularity of this enclave of London – close to City of London, West End, Olympics, City Airport and the Eurostar at St Pancras Station and Stratford International Station. Despite all the gloom coming from the financial institutions of the City, UK GDP in the financial sector only dropped 1% last quarter, whilst business services dropped 0.5% - and as we have been warning – the big loss has in manufacturing with a massive -4.7% drop. Manufacturing in general is located in the Midlands and North of England. So London is surviving better than most other areas up until now, and will probably be the first out of the recession as business/financial services start to kick-up again and the four pronged stimuli finally manage to kick-start the economy. Yes – there will be jobs losses in the financial sector, but so far banks have been trimming by ca. 10% rather than culling. Many have just stopped hiring for 2009.


So in summary, we would only invest in London at present – with focus in the hotspots areas described below. We would currently avoid areas with second homes, manufacturing areas and areas with many public sector jobs – with regret this wipes out most of the UK – some 70% of jobs in Scotland are public sector related - there may need to be cut in the next few years as the Chancellor runs out of money (or the Tories get into power and cut back public spending). We would try to invest in areas with big new infra- structure development, new jobs, construction and regeneration – with exposure to a projected improving financial and business services sectors starting late 2009.


Please schroll down through the comprehensive collection of maps, photos, images and regeneration and rail plan below to be used as a resource for your property investing. It should give you a valuable insight into regenerations schemes in the capital of England.  We hope you have found this Special Report helpful - if you have any comments, please contact us on  



London Olympics Stratford Plan View















London Olympics Site Stratford 2012 - potential property boom area
















London Olympics 2012 Stadium Plan Stratford













London Eurostar Stratford "High Speed One" Rail Regeneration Project -

with trains to Paris-Brussel-St Pancras












London 2012 Olympic Velodrome Stratford in the Lower Leas Valley Regeneration Zone















Olympic Park - Stratford Regeneration Area and London Gateway Regeneration zone

(Barking, Woolwich, Gravesend)













East London Railway Extensions - Regeneration Areas for 2010 - Propery Hotspots for period 2010-2012























West Hendon and Cricklewood Regeneration Areas - West London
















London Battersea Wharf Regeneration Property Hotspot - SW11 in SW London











London Battersea Power Station Regeneration Area - a property hotpot area just south of Chelsea





















London Regeneration Area Map Olympics 2012























London Battersea Regeneration Area Map - a property hotspot for 2010-2012

















London Lower Leas Valley Olympic Regeneration Area -

likely property boom area in run up to 2012 and new business enterprise zone

















London Regeneration Areas : Elephant & Castle a likely property boom in period 2010 to 2012



















London Grateway Regeneration Area Map Olympics 2012 with Eurostar, Ports, M25 Motorway











Thameslink Map London - this rail scheme expansion will help regeneration. Kings Cross, Farringdon and Blackfrairs are key hubs that will also benefit from Crossrail in 2017

















London Penthouse near Victoria in SW Central















London Regeneration at Brick Lane E1 a potential property boom are in run up to Olympics 2012











London Clerkenwell - North East City of London - a boom area in period 2002 to 2007 - property prices are likley to further benefit from proximity to Olympics 2012 and City financial centre 0.6 miles away.












Victorian Beckham and David Beckham -  two wealthy Londoners with wide property interests













London Brick Lane E1 - a regenerating area














London Olympics 2012 - Phelps the swimmer will decide shortly if he will attend.














London Whitechapel in 1971 - the East End - now largely regenerated












London Bridge Bank Tube Bus Map - handy bus routes in Central City area










London Obesity Hotspots and Healthy Boroughs












London Pentonville the Ladykillers Pub - 2008 - the northern City of London area that is undergoing regeneration 




















Central London Map














London Olympics 2012 Park Stratford



















London Winners and Losers Map - a simplified snobs view of rich and poor in London (meant as a joke). The red part is of course Chelsea, Mayfair and Kensington (including Buckingham Palace of course)


















London Hyde Park High Street Kensington Walking Tourist Map - a beautiful area of London. Bayswater in the north is regenerating - the rest was never degenerated














London Heathrow Map - the new T6 in ca. 2015 will double the size
























London Tourist Walk Map























London East Regeneration Area Olympics 2012 - courtesy Elektron























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