More London 2012 legacies coming to life
More legacies of hosting the London 2012 Olympic Games are being realised, with the first tenants set to move into properties at the former Olympic Village site and the Aquatics Centre being announced as the home of a new Diving High Performance Centre.
The new East Village development, which housed 23,000 athletes and officials during London 2012, has welcomed residents in 50 of the 2,818 apartments and townhouses following the conversion of the Olympic Village accommodation.
Since the end of the Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority and its contractors have been reconfiguring all the homes in the former Olympic Village, removing temporary features and fitting new kitchens and flooring. Work is continuing on the remaining homes, which will be handed over in phases during the remainder of 2013 and the first part of 2014.
Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, said: “This is the London 2012 legacy really coming to life, with each week extra families, couples and individuals getting the keys to their new homes. We were determined they should get the same high standards as athletes and spectators enjoyed during London 2012. That’s taken time but we are confident the people of East Village will love their new homes.”
The new homes range from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom townhouses, with balconies, spacious private terraces, or gardens. They are centred around private courtyards, with neighbouring public spaces including new parklands, wetlands and children’s play areas, all on the doorstep of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Elsewhere in the Park, the Aquatics Centre has also undergone significant transformation since the Olympic Games and is now set to provide world-class facilities for both elite athletes and the local communities.
It has also been announced that the venue will become the home of a new Diving High Performance Centre, which will provide training facilities for the country’s leading divers while also inspiring a new generation of divers to take up the sport.
Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “It is fantastic news that the Aquatics Centre will become home to British diving. These world-class facilities will be used by some of the country’s top divers when it opens next year.
“The Centre will be a high performance training facility and competition venue as well as open to the public for the same price as the average cost at local pools. These elite sports will sit alongside community sports to provide a lasting legacy for all.”