Olympic village reaches home straight
The number of units completed on the 2012 Olympics Athletes’ Village in east London has passed the symbolic 2,012 milestone
Architects working on the 2,818-home scheme include: AHMM, CF Møller, Denton Corker Marshall, dRMM, DSDHA, Glenn Howells, Ian Simpson, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Make, Niall McLaughlin, Panter Hudspith, Patel Taylor and Piercy Conner.
The completed structures will accommodate 17,000 Olympic and 6,000 Paralympic athletes and officials during the games.
The designs also feature shops, restaurants, medical, media and leisure facilities, in addition to large areas of open space.
Inspecting the site, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ‘The Olympic Village looks fantastic, and you can just imagine the energy it will have when 17,000 athletes and staff move in here next summer for the Olympic Games. It is yet another example of how we continue to deliver on our promise to leave behind real and lasting benefits from London 2012.’
LOCOG chair Seb Coe said: ‘Athletes are at the heart of the London 2012 Games and seeing the Village take shape shows we are providing all competitors from around the world with a home-from-home to relax in and prepare for one of the biggest sporting moments of their lives.
‘The excellent progress on the Village also demonstrates the long-term legacy the Games will deliver when beds for athletes become essential new homes for Londoners after the Games, creating a vibrant new neighbourhood on the doorstep of the Olympic Park.’
As many as 1,379 of the units are owned by Triathlon Homes and are earmarked for affordable housing.
The village is on target to complete early next year.
Fact box: 2012 Olympics Athletes’ Village
New Homes for Londoners
- A complete neighbourhood of 2,818 properties, including 1,379 affordable homes
- Family housing with nearly 1,000 three and four bed homes
- New homes spread across 11 individually designed residential plots in one of the best connected parts of the capital, providing neighbourhood character and choice
- New homes built around private courtyards with car parking
- New homes built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and designed for modern, sustainable living, with fittings and finishes of the highest standard
- Six future development plots with existing outline planning consent and the potential for 2,000 open market homes to be developed, together with retail floor space and associated uses
Spacious living, new parks and open space
- New homes with functional, light spaces and open-plan layouts ranging from studio apartments to four-bedroom townhouses
- A new neighbourhood that spans over 27 hectares of land, equivalent to St James Park, with wide tree lined streets and open public spaces
- More than 10 hectares of new parks and open space interspersed with cycling facilities and recreation spaces
- Landscaped courtyard areas with gardens and play areas for people to relax and enjoy living in London’s newest neighbourhood
- Located next to the 2.5sq km Olympic Park that will deliver 250 acres of legacy parklands to create the largest urban public park created in the UK for over a century, including wetlands, woodlands, wildlife areas and riverside gardens
New community facilities, transport links and amenities
- A world-class education campus - Chobham Academy - specialising in the performing arts, with 1,800 places for students aged 4-19
- A state-of-the-art Polyclinic with a full range of healthcare services including multiple GP surgeries, outpatient activity, and a children’s clinic
- One of the best connected parts of the capital with Stratford International and Stratford Regional stations offering links to London’s key locations – reaching the West End in 20 minutes, Canary Wharf in 12 minutes, Kings Cross St Pancras in seven minutes and all London airports within an hour
- With over 30 local and independent shops, cafes and bars, the feeling of an established neighbourhood will be created
- Adjacent to the world-class sporting venues of the Olympic Park
- Next door to Stratford City, Europe’s newest and largest shopping centre
A new neighbourhood on track
- Construction work started on the Olympic Village in June 2008 with the first of 11 residential plots completed in spring 2011
- Both the Chobham Academy education campus and state-of-the-art new Polyclinic are nearing completion
- Landscaping work throughout the Village is progressing with the creation of an extensive wetlands park
- The Village is on track for completion in early 2012