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London 2012 plan for a 'Gold medal standard' Athletes' Village

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today outlined the plans and designs for a ‘Gold medal standard’ Athletes’ Village. 

Highly regarded Swiss landscape design firm Vogt Landschaftarchitekten will develop the master plan for the Village jointly with a variety of established and emerging designers.

The Athletes’ Village, which lies adjacent to the Olympic Park and Stratford City sites, will accommodate athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will leave the legacy of thousands of new homes after 2012.

 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.”

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: ‘Sport is at the heart of the London 2012 Games and it is important to make sure all athletes are in a comfortable and relaxed environment so that they can prepare for one of the biggest sporting moment of their lives.  Every athlete spends a considerable amount of their time at the Village and we have consulted our Athletes’ Committee to ensure that we think about and meet athlete needs.  The Village will be one of the key features of the Olympic Park and it will also leave a legacy for the community afterwards.’

The ODA said it was making strong progress on construction works with the first residential buildings starting to rise out of the ground. Building is now underway on seven out of the eleven residential blocks; earthworks to start on the new Chobham Academy education campus, and works are underway to install new roads, bridges and utilities networks between the sites of the new housing blocks. 

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