London Goes for Gold with Olympic Village Design

13 July 2009 (Last Updated July 13th, 2009 18:30)

The design plans for the 11 gold-standard residential blocks that will house Olympic competitors at the UK Olympic Village in 2012 have been revealed. According to Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt, 11 residential blocks made up of between six and eight buildings will be man

The design plans for the 11 gold-standard residential blocks that will house Olympic competitors at the UK Olympic Village in 2012 have been revealed.

According to Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt, 11 residential blocks made up of between six and eight buildings will be managed like a hotel.

"By aiming for the highest standards in design, sustainability and construction we will ensure the Village is a high-quality asset for the public sector that delivers a lasting legacy for east London," Armitt said.

Athletes' apartments will have lounge areas with comfortable soft furnishings to make them feel at home, as well as open recreational space including a jogging area.

Armitt said that providing a world-class Village will play a crucial role in helping athletes deliver record-breaking performances in 2012.

The Olympic Village, which is next to the Olympic Park and new Stratford City development, will later provide thousands of new homes for Londoners after the event.

Building is already underway on seven out of the 11 residential blocks.