How have property values changed in East London since the announcement of the 2012 Olympics?

London Olympic Stadium

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With one year to go till the London 2012 Olympics, we’ve looked into how property values have performed since London won the title as host city for the games.

There’s no doubt that the redevelopment to a number of areas across the UK as a result of the Olympics has had a positive impact on property prices. Much of the focus to date has been on East London but there are many other areas benefitting from the investment and attention of the Olympics.

Key findings:

  • Property prices around Olympic sites up 11.9 per cent since Games announced
  • Outstripping average UK house price growth of 7.2 per cent over same period
  • London’s Olympic venues underperform overall strong growth in capital
  • £30.8bn added to residential property values around Olympics sites

Property prices in close proximity to the UK Olympic venues have recorded an 11.9 per cent increase since the Games were awarded to London in July 2005, outstripping the UK average of 7.2 per cent over the same period, according to our data.

Over £30bn has been added to the total value of residential properties located in close proximity to the UK Olympic sites since the announcement, with £6.4bn in added-value to house prices in East London alone. The budget for delivering the Olympics is currently on target at £9.3bn with exactly one year to go.

Outside London, properties nearby seven of the ten major Olympic venues have recorded noticeably higher price growth than the surrounding areas. In Lee Valley, Hertfordshire where the White Water Centre has been developed for canoeing events, house prices have risen 12 per cent since the announcement compared to 7.2 per cent growth on average in the region. And in Eton Dorney, where the rowing facility has been upgraded to accommodate the Olympics, average home values have risen 14.3 per cent compared to the regional average of 8.2 per cent.

However, in London property values in direct proximity to the Olympic venues have underperformed having risen 18.9 per cent since the games were awarded compared to overall house price growth of 27.2 per cent in the capital since July 2005.

The underperformance of the London venues says far less about the Olympics than it does about the overall London property market which has outperformed the rest of the UK by a wide margin in the last few years. And it is unlikely that property in East London would have seen anything like the value growth it has recorded without the Olympics.

Change in property values in Olympic areas since July 2005 (%)

 Olympic AreaAll Areas
Inside London 18.9% 27.2%
Outside London 7.8% 5.1%
All UK 11.9% 7.2%


Change in property values in Olympic areas outside London (%)

VenueOlympic AreaRegion
Millennium Stadium, CA1 11.00% 0.80%
City of Coventry Stadium, CV5 2.00% -2.00%
Brands Hatch, DA3 9.60% 7.20%
Weymouth & Portland 6.80% 6.30%
Lee Valley, EN9 12.00% 7.20%
Hampden Park, G42 11.10% 17.90%
Hampton Court Palace, KT8 16.70% 7.20%
Old Trafford, M16 2.90% -1.50%
Eton Dorney, SL4 14.30% 7.20%
Hadleigh Farm, SS7 3.90% 8.20%


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