An important piece of planning for Olympic Games is to secure the best possible location of the Irish Team in the Olympic Village.
Discussions have been ongoing with LOCOG and Chef de Mission Sonia O’Sullivan and her team.
The preferred options for the Irish Team will be on the agenda for the next OCI/LOCOG meeting in June.
LOCOG have to balance the demands of 205 National Olympic Committees and provide around 17,000 beds in the village for the duration of the Games.
The OCI worked hard to secure the ideal location in Beijing , convenient to the Village transport mall, and the main dinning hall, and thats the benchmark for London 2012.
About the Olympic Village
During the Games, the Athletes’ Village will comprise residential apartments for around 17,000 athletes and officials, along with shops, restaurants, medical, media and leisure facilities and large areas of open space.
The Village will also include a ‘Village Plaza’ where athletes can meet with friends and family. The plan retains London’s tradition of building homes around communal squares and courtyards, with water features accentuating the closeness of the River Lea.
Athletes will have an inspirational view over the Park. Every apartment will provide comfortable accommodation and state-of-the-art communications facilities, including internet access and wireless networking. All the apartment blocks will be fully accessible and equipped with modern lifts.
Athletes will have easy access to the travel and leisure facilities of the adjacent Stratford City complex, and the High Speed 1 Javelin® shuttle service will link the Village to central London in just seven minutes.
During the Games, the Village will include ‘back of house’ operations, and services for athletes such as catering and transport. The majority of these will be accommodated in temporary structures on sites that can be cleared for development immediately after the Games.
After the Games
After the Games, the Athletes’ Village will be a lasting legacy of essential new housing for east London. It will be transformed into 2,800 new homes, including 1,379 affordable homes.
The communities that develop in the area after the Games will be supported by new parks, open space, transport links, and community facilities including Chobham Academy – a world-class new education campus with 1,800 places for students aged 3-19.