If approved, MSG Sphere London will serve as a long-term investment in Newham, the host boroughs and London – bringing hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and thousands of new jobs to the Capital.
Jobs, education and training:
94% of people who responded to the first consultation said it was important to create new jobs and opportunities for local people.
We are putting communities at the heart of our plans. If approved, MSG Sphere London will serve as a long-term investment in Newham, the host boroughs and London – bringing hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and thousands of new jobs to the capital – according to preliminary economic impact analysis undertaken by accountancy firm, EY.
- The three-year construction phase will support an estimated 4,300 jobs annually in the UK, of which 3,400 will be in London.
- MSG Sphere will support an estimated 3,200 FTE jobs annually across the UK once operational.
- The direct jobs on-site will be across a range of specialties and skill levels, offering job opportunities for a wide range of people.
- We desire and are committed to providing significant local employment opportunities within the host boroughs, during construction and once operational.
- We are working with the LLDC and Newham to understand priorities to ensure that strategies adopted will maximise the opportunities and benefits locally.
- Our aim is to maximise education and training opportunities in related industries for local people.
- We will work with local schools, colleges and universities to develop local employment and apprenticeship programmes.
MSG Sphere is projected to create £1.5bn added value for the UK economy over the first 20 years, attracting extra visitors to the area which will bring an estimated boost in visitor spending in Newham of £52m per year for local businesses, such as restaurants, shops and cafés.
Over the coming months we will be undertaking a programme of local outreach setting out future job, educational and training opportunities.
During the first phase of public consultation people wanted more information about how visitors would travel to and from the venue, and what the impact would be on local transport infrastructure such as Stratford station.
The site is located next to one of London’s largest transport interchanges, served by two Underground lines, as well as mainline rail, Overground and DLR services, and so we will be encouraging visitors to travel by public transport. Once Crossrail opens there will be even greater capacity available.
We are working closely with TfL to manage travel to and from the venue. We envisage that Stratford station will be the primary gateway, although we will also be making use of Stratford International and Maryland stations where possible. The majority of our arrivals and departures will occur outside of the peak times and a comprehensive Event Management Plan will be in place to manage any queuing.
Based on our experience at other venues, we would expect visitors to be able to depart the local area in about 20 minutes after an event, unless they choose to stay in the venue to enjoy the facilities. We are expecting around 80% of visitors to travel by rail and underground and we will be putting a strategy in place to manage coach travel and taxis.
In circumstances where Westfield is particularly busy, if we have events on the same day as the London Stadium or other venues in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a combined crowd management strategy will be in place. We are working closely with key stakeholders to develop this plan.
New open space and pedestrian connections:
91% of people who responded to the first consultation supported plans for new walkways and bridges for pedestrians.
Four new pedestrian connections will be provided into the site, which currently has no direct pedestrian access. This will fully integrate the site into Stratford and improve connectivity within the Metropolitan Centre and open space around the venue.
We are also proposing a series of new open spaces, including:
- The Upper Podium, comprising a timber deck area, will provide different types of external amenity spaces with different landscape treatments.
- High-quality walking routes designed to assist pedestrian movements and wayfinding.
- An open welcoming square or ‘Podium Plaza’ which flows into the entry points of MSG Sphere and will be framed by suitable planting.
Our proposals also include a green roof on the Upper Podium Level in the north of the site. This is a ‘non-access’ area that will be designed to provide a biologically diverse habitat.
New cafés, shops and restaurants:
85% of people who responded to the first consultation supported plans for new shops, restaurants and cafés.
Located in the podium, our proposals include new restaurants, bars and cafés, a night club, retail and merchandising uses, in addition to a smaller music club for up to 2,000 people consolidating this site as a major entertainment venue.
Energy and Sustainability:
Several sustainability initiatives are being considered early in the development design, including minimising the environmental impact of materials and waste with resource-efficient design and construction methods; incorporating climate change adaptation measures within the design and ensuring internal thermal comfort for visitors, including investigating feasibility of using Local District Heat networks for heating and cooling.
The project is using sustainable drainage measures such as permeable paving to reduce flood risk; water efficient sanitary fittings and fixtures; and recycling rainwater. The site’s biodiversity is being enhanced with significant areas of green roof and planting to create new habitats within the new public realm areas, which also have seating space and natural play facilities.
The venue’s world-class acoustics will not cause noise pollution. The venue will be adjacent to heavily-used railway lines, so it is going to be very important to design the building to keep outside noise from coming in. This design will also help to keep sound from getting out of the building. Our planning application will include a detailed assessment to demonstrate how noise is controlled. We will use our years of experience of constructing and operating large-scale music and entertainment venues to mitigate the impact through tailored solutions.
MSG Sphere was designed to include a fully programmable exterior to ensure that we have full control over the light emitted by the building. We are very conscious of the nearby homes, and our planning application will include a detailed lighting impact assessment to demonstrate how we will mitigate the potential for light pollution impact.
MSG is committed to building long-term relationships with the communities in which our venues are located. We recognise the importance of communicating with the local community throughout the planning, construction and operational phases of MSG Sphere London.
We will comply with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which is the gold standard for the industry, throughout the construction of MSG Sphere London. This is to ensure that the site is properly managed and minimises disruption to the local community wherever possible.