International Quarter London


London, United Kingdom | 2015-

Located at the gateway to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, International Quarter London is one of London’s most exciting new developments. Gustafson Porter + Bowman are designing the public realm and outdoor spaces for the development from concept through to construction, working closely in collaboration with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Buro Happold, Green Infrastructure Consultancy, AECOM and GIA Equation.

The main central civic space is activated by three diamond-shaped water features which will animate the square, engage visitors and reflect a new pavilion. Engravings in the paving pattern create an integrated public art installation, in addition to bespoke benches developed with students of the nearby Buildings Crafts College.

In another public square, Gustafson Porter + Bowman have created a place to pause, rest and gather in a series of outdoor ‘garden rooms’. These spaces surround a central paved plaza which will function as an additional small square, ideal for pop-up events.

Our landscape design will bring an abundance of green space to International Quarter London, and include proposals for a 300m long textured concrete retaining wall running along the Woolwich railway line. This will be one of the largest green walls in the UK, and will allow for self-clinging plants to colonise the wall and encourage biodiversity.


Studies show that landscape has a tangible impact on the health and wellbeing of inhabitants, workers and passers-by. This is deeper than the simple aesthetics of the public realm, and why it is so important to create environments for people to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
— Clare Hebbes, Head of Infrastructure, Lendlease (Client)