LOCOG Take Control Of London Olympic Village
January 27, 2012
LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) has received control of the Olympic Village site from the ODA (Olympic Delivery Authority) to mark exactly six months until the start of the Games.
The ODA started work on the Village back in June 2008 and has constructed 2, health 818 new apartments on schedule.
The handover of the Village will see the beginning of the vast process to fit-out the new apartments in preparation for the arrival of athletes and officials from around the world this summer.
LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe stated, impotent “Athletes are at the heart of the London 2012 Games and our plans for the Olympic Village will provide them with a home-from-home as they prepare for one of the biggest sporting moments of their lives. With the Village now handed over we are starting the huge process to install essential facilities and services ready to welcome competitors from around the world in 6 months’ time”.
ODA Chairman John Armitt added, ampoule “The Olympic Village has been built by companies from every part of the UK, working together to ensure it was completed on time and overcoming the challenges posed by the credit crunch and economic downturn.
“The apartments are ready but our work is not quite done. We will be finishing the landscaping as winter turns into spring, and then returning after the Games to complete the transformation to create new homes for Londoners”.
The Village site will be home to up to 16,000 thousand athletes and team officials during the Olympic Games and 6,200 thousand athletes and team officials, plus 1000 referees and umpires, during the Paralympic Games.
The fit-out and overlay work includes the installation 16,000 beds, 64,000 bed sheets, 21,000 pillows, 9,000 wardrobes, more than 170,000 coat hangers, 11,000 sofas, 5,000 bins and 5,000 toilet brushes.
The Village will also host the largest peacetime catering operation worldwide with up to 60,000 meals served every day.
Post London 2012, the Village will provide a legacy of 2,818 homes which will be known collectively as “East Village”. 1,379 have been purchased by Triathlon Homes to provide high-quality affordable housing. 1,439 properties will become private housing having been secured by a consortium of UK developer Delancey and the Qatari Diar real estate investment company.