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ODA: Olympic village 'will not get any smaller'

The Olympic Delivery Authority has dismisses concerns that flats will have three athletes to a room

Fears were raised when the Games chiefs were forced to cut costs by scaling back the village from 4,200 flats to just over 2,800 due to the ODA ditching plans to build two 30-storey apartment blocks.

The ODA yeasterday (7 July) said athletes in the Olympic Village would typically be housed in two, four or six-bedroom apartments with no more than two to a twin room measuring at least 12m². The village will house 17,000 athletes and 6,500 officials during the Games.

There will be open recreational spaces for athletes including a jogging area and a central park named ‘the green lung’ of the Village - inspired by a typical British green village. A clinic for treating athletes during the Games will be also available, which will then be converted into a primary care trust and pharmacy once the Games are over. Post-Games the Village will become 1,379 affordable homes, including properties for key workers and homes available on part-rent, part-buy basis.

The ODA chairman, John Armitt, said: ‘Providing a world-class village will play a crucial role in helping athletes deliver record-breaking performances in 2012 but we are also focusing on creating gold-medal standard housing in legacy.

‘By aiming for the highest standards in design, sustainability and construction we will ensure the village is a high quality asset for the public sector that delivers a lasting legacy for east London.’

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