LED Sphere Venue Planned for Stratford

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venueJust a ten minute drive away from the former millennium dome [renamed the 02], in Stratford, is the site of the new development of a LED dome 120 meters in diameter. US entertainment company Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), have applied for and been granted full planning permission for the new structure. The London MSG Sphere will offer a live music and entertainment venue, estimated to bring in £77m per year in addition to generating additional revenues for local businesses of over £50m.

MSG has a similar venue on the go in Las Vegas, due to be completed later this year, and intends many more worldwide. The sphere has been designed by Populous, the architects behind the London Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium. The 90-metre high dome will be covered in flashing LED panels displaying digital content across its entire façade.

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) approved the planning application, and a spokesperson stated, “Following careful consideration, the independent Planning Decisions Committee has granted full planning permission for the MSG Sphere, subject to conditions and a S106 legal agreement securing a wide range of mitigation.” S106 agreements are drafted where it’s deemed that buildings will have a significant impact on the local area. The site will cover 1.87-hectares of disused land that served as a coach park for the London 2012 Olympics.

The finished project, would support as many as 3,200 jobs a year, and the construction is conveniently located near Stratford Station. However the ambitious development has attracted quite a bit of controversy and local opposition. A petition calling for the scrapping of the project has been signed by over 2,000 people, and formal objections have been raised by more than 1,000 local residents. For local residents there are concerns about noise and light pollution, overcrowding and heavier traffic among other things.


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