LOCOG gets keys to London 2012 Sailing Village
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has taken temporary ownership of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Village, which will house the competitors and team officials taking part in the Olympic sailing events this summer.
The Osprey Quay development contains 84 residential units and will host 700 athletes and 550 officials during the London 2012 Olympic Games. All the residential units are low carbon, with the heating and hot water for 58 of the homes coming from a biomass heating system, while many of the houses are also fitted with rainwater harvesting systems.
Each unit will house around eight athletes during the Games and will provide all the necessary facilities except a kitchen. Instead, athletes will eat in a temporary dining hall, which will be constructed on the site, and have a social area in the new Chesil Cove Foundation School, which LOCOG will take temporary ownership of in May.
After the Olympic sailing competitions have finished, the apartments will be converted into homes with 25% of the housing being made available for social housing needs, providing a lasting legacy for the local community.
“This is an exciting milestone with less than six months until we welcome the first athletes and sailing officials to Weymouth and Portland,” said Sir Keith Mills, LOCOG Deputy Chair, during the official handover ceremony. “The Sailing Village will be a fantastic facility for the athletes, but just as importantly after the Games this will be a development with both affordable and low carbon housing on offer.”
Councillor Graham Winter, Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, added: “I think the athletes will enjoy the Village atmosphere of these wonderful new facilities, which of course is just one element of welcoming them to Weymouth & Portland. There’s going to be so much going on in the Borough during the Games that the area will benefit from a huge influx of visitors, but it’s also great to see that there will be a lasting legacy for local people as well.”