The Athletes’ Village of the 2012 London Olympics is set to bring a fresh new style of living to thousands of Londonites once the Games are over, with what is said to be ‘compact, yet functional’ living.
During the Olympic Games, the Athlete’s Village will be home to approximately 17,000 athletes and officials from around the world.
The newly developed ‘mini-city’, or village, will provide athletes with world class living facilities within walking distance to Olympic Park.
The village is a mere seven-minute shuttle to the city centre, giving athletes the freedom to soak up the famous London scenery in their free time.
So what does this mean for London residents after the Games?
The village is said to be urban living on a contemporary new level, with the all the necessary infrastructure to build a sizeable and socially-rich community.
It will consist of one and two bedroom apartments, as well as three to five bedroom townhouses all surrounded by retail, restaurants, media, leisure facilities and large open areas of greenery.
The new residents will have everything they need literally at their doorsteps.
To top off the development, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has also built Chobham Academy, a world class education institution which will accommodate 1800 children and youth aged between 3 and 19 years old.
The ODA has also installed a ready-to-go medical facility in the Olympic Village, to fully accommodate its new residents after the Games.
With the greater community in mind, Triathlon Homes, a joint venture comprising of First Base, East Thames Group and Southern Housing Group, has pre-purchased almost half of the 2,800 apartments and townhouses, with plans to redistribute the homes as ‘affordable living’.
In the city known for its notorious travel times, awful weather, traffic delays and expensive living costs, it seems the grass is much greener on the other side of the Olympics.