Organisers have six months to kit out apartments before 16,000 athletes descend on London
As shopping lists go, the one compiled by the London 2012
Olympics organizing committee (LOCOG) for the furnishing and stocking of its
newly-acquired Olympic Village is a lengthy one.
LOCOG were handed the keys for the 2,800 apartments on Friday
and now have six months to fit them out before 16,000 athletes descend on an
area of east London that has been transformed from a weed-strewn industrial
wilderness into what will become a new trendy suburb of the capital.
In the coming months 16,000 beds will be delivered along
with 9,000 wardrobes, 170,000 coat hangers 11,000 sofas and 5,000 toilet
Each apartment will also be equipped with a television and have
Wi-Fi internet facilities.
Work began on the Village in June 2008 and as well as the
residential blocks that will provide home from homes for the world's top
sportsmen and women, the site will include a cinema, an Olympic Village Plaza,
shops, parks and 24-hour dining facilities serving up 60,000 meals each day of
To handle what LOCOG describes as "the largest
peacetime catering operation in the world" it will source 25,000 loaves of
bread, 232 tons of potatoes, 330 tons of fruit and vegetables and 75,000 liters
Organizers have tapped into the knowledge of former British
Olympic gold medalists such as triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards
in the planning of the Village which LOCOG chief Sebastian Coe believes will be
one of the best ever.
"Athletes are at the heart of the London 2012 Games and
our plans for the Olympic Village will provide them with a home-from-home as
they prepare for the biggest sporting moments of their lives," he said in
"With the Village now handed over we are starting the
huge process to install essential facilities and services ready to welcome
competitors around the world in six months."
After the Games the Village, which cost £1.1bn ($1.73bn) of
public funds to build, will form a new community known as East Village with
half the homes designated for social housing. The other 1,439 dwellings have
been sold off privately for £557m to a consortium of UK developer Delancy and
the Qatari Diar real estate company.
There will also be a range of community facilities including
the Chobham Academy - a new education campus with places for 1,800 students
which will open in 2013.