The London 2012 Olympic Village provides residential style accommodation for approximately 17,000 athletes and delegates during the Games, and also boasts shops, restaurants, a medical centre, media facilities, a state of the art gym (of course!) and additional leisure facilities. Large areas of open space are another important, key feature.
The Village situated within the Olympic Park and within easy walking distance of the key venues, something which has not always been the case at previous Olympics. It is hoped the collective Olympic atmosphere will be highly enjoyable for the athletes and officials who reside there during the Games.
Athletes staying at the Olympic Village who are competing at venues elsewhere in the city can take advantage of the High Speed 1 Javelin shuttle service which will transfer them from the village to King's Cross station in seven minutes.
It is estimated that the village cost £324 million to construct and according to LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) each apartment is fitted with all the highest standard equipment and furnishings, including wireless internet access. The village will also benefits from a plaza area where athletes and coaches can relax with friends, family and other visitors.
The site was handed over to Games organisers in January of 2012 and they then had the task of installing — among other things — 16,000 beds, 11,000 sofas and 9,000 wardrobes.
After the Games the area will be renamed East Village and 1,379 of the apartments will become affordable accommodation. The remaining properties will be sold as private homes.
The Chobham Academy, which will house a state-of-the-art gym during the Olympics, will be turned into an education campus for 1,800 children aged between three and 19.
History: The London Olympic Park complex including the Olympic Village has been purpose built for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
How do you get there? The Olympic Park can be reached by rail, underground, Docklands Light Railway, bus or coach. National Rail, London Underground and DLR all serve Stratford station to the east of the park and West Ham station to the south, while Transport for London has bus stops in the area and there will be coach services to the park.
Location – in relation to other venues: The closest venue to the Olympic Village within the Olympic Park is the Basketball Arena.
Location – in Olympic park: The Olympic Village sits in the top north east corner of the Olympic Village complex.
Location – on the tube: Closest underground stations are Stratford (Jubilee and Central lines - around 15-minute walk) or West Ham (District and Hammersmith & City lines – around 25-minute walk).