Vega House on Cheering Lane in the East Village development.

Vega House on Cheering Lane in the East Village development.

October 2019
London 2012 begins 'bedding in' at Olympic Village 6 months ahead of the Games. Olympian Matthew Pinsent helps lift in the first of 16,000 beds to be installed in Village as the ODA completes construction of apartments on time and LOCOG begins Games-time fit-out of Village.

London 2012 begins 'bedding in' at Olympic Village 6 months ahead of the Games. Olympian Matthew Pinsent helps lift in the first of 16,000 beds to be installed in Village as the ODA completes construction of apartments on time and LOCOG begins Games-time fit-out of Village.

Photo: Dave Poultney - LOCOG
Olympic Park. Aerial view of the Olympic Village. Picture taken on 24 Mar 11 by Anthony Charlton.

Olympic Park. Aerial view of the Olympic Village. Picture taken on 24 Mar 11 by Anthony Charlton.

Photo: London 2012
31.03.11 Olympic Village block N15.

31.03.11 Olympic Village block N15.

Photo: London 2012. Pic David Poultney @ ODA

East Village London

Penny Brookes Street, London E20 1BH
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Description of East Village London

East Village London is a new residential complex in Stratford, London E20.

Formerly known as the Athletes Village, Olympic and Paralympic Village.

During the Olympics 17,000 athletes lived here, and it has now been transformed into 2,818 homes. About half (1,439) are privately rented by Get Living London, while 1,379 are owned and managed by Triathlon Homes, which offers a mix of social rent, shared ownership and intermediate rents. 2,000 more homes are planned.

Buildings in the East Village in 2012:
Calico House
Raywood Mansions
Seasons House
Tazetta House
Applegate House
Carina House
Frye House
Manna House
Mira House
Torero Mansions
Fortuna House

The communities that develop in the area after the Games are 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.

Olympic Games 2012 London

The Olympic and Paralympic Village was built for London 2012 Olympic Games athletes and officials. 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 also includes a 'Village Plaza' where athletes could meet with friends and family. The plan retained London's tradition of building homes around communal squares and courtyards, with water features accentuating the closeness of the River Lea.

Athletes had an inspirational view over the Park. Every apartment provided comfortable accommodation and state-of-the-art communications facilities, including internet access and wireless networking. All the apartment blocks were fully accessible and equipped with modern lifts.

Athletes had an easy access to the travel and leisure facilities of the adjacent Stratford City complex, and the High Speed 1 Javelin® shuttle service links the Village to central London in just seven minutes.

During the Games, the Village included ‘back of house' operations, and services for athletes such as catering and transport. The majority of these were accommodated in temporary structures on sites that could be cleared for development immediately after the Games.

The Olympic Village was be able to house up to 16,000 thousand athletes and team officials during the Olympic Games and 6,200 thousand athletes and team officials plus 1000 referees and umpires during the Paralympic Games, all from 200 countries around the world. The fit-out and overlay work that started in January 27th 2012 included:

• Installing 16,000 beds, 64,000 bed sheets and 21,000 pillows
• 9,000 wardrobes and more than 170,000 coat hangers
• 11,000 sofas, 5,000 bins and 5,000 toilet brushes
• Equipping each apartment with a television and wi-fi services
• Constructing the temporary 24-hour main dining facility with 5,000 seats, as well the Village Plaza Café and ‘Grab-and-go' carts - the Village will provide the largest peacetime catering operation in the world with up to 60,000 meals served daily
• Sustainably sourced food from around the world will be available including 25,000 loaves of bread, 232 tonnes of potatoes, 75,000 litres of milk and more than 330 tonnes of fruit and vegetables
• Building the Olympic Village Plaza - the main ‘social hub' of the Village with essential shops and services for athletes and guests including a café, general store, bank, beauty & grooming salon, internet lounge, London 2012 shop and entertainment centre
• Constructing the Welcome Centre, the initial arrival point for athletes and officials to be officially accredited for the London 2012 Games
• Installing exercise equipment to create a state-of-the art athlete gym in Chobham Academy

The ODA started work on the Village in June 2008 and had completed the construction of 2,818 new apartments on time in January 2012. The construction of the Village has included:

• Building apartments for Games-time and legacy use in 11 residential plots, complete with spacious courtyards, gardens and balconies
• Developing and completing the construction of a world-class education campus - the Chobham Academy - with places for 1,800 students and a state-of-the-art Polyclinic with a full range of health facilities
• Landscaping work throughout the Village, which continues and will be completed in the spring
• Providing work for more than 16,500 people, part of more than 46,000 who have worked on the Olympic Park and Village during construction
• Making provision for removing temporary Games-time fittings in the apartments after September 2012 and ‘retro-fitting' them with new kitchens

Source: May 2011

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The nearest tube, train and bus stations.
Stratford Underground Station
Central, Jubilee
London Aquatics Centre
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East Village London has won the Development of the Decade award at the RESI Conference 2016.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of RESI and to celebrate 10 outstanding resi schemes of the past decade – five large and five small – were showcased in a special gallery in association with Mansion Global.

East Village was praised for encouraging further development in surrounding areas, bringing much-needed investment and jobs for the local community and creating a brand-new part of modern London.

6,000 people and 23 retailers now call East Village home, all on land formerly occupied by low-rent industrial units.

Trevor Burns, Triathlon Homes board member and Executive Director of Development, Sales and Asset Management at East Thames, commented: “We're delighted that East Village has won this prestigious award. Triathlon Homes and Get Living London work very closely together to ensure that we are building a successful community for all residents no matter what their tenure, and this award goes to prove that we have achieved this goal.”

20/09/2016 23:12 by Buildington

Mace has been chosen to be the main contractor to build the first element of the second phase of the residential development at East Village, the former Athletes’ Village for London 2012.

East Village is already home to more than 6,000 residents across 2,818 homes, with planning consent for further phases in-line with the 2005 Stratford City Masterplan. Located adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East Village is a major regeneration project for the area, delivering a wide range of high quality residential and retail spaces. Due for completion in 2018, the work comprises two towers, at 30 and 26 storeys plus ground, with 482 residential homes, on land next to Celebration Avenue and Victory Park. Delancey and Qatari Diar are joint developers for the project, and Get Living London will manage the properties upon completion.

Mace has had a longstanding and significant role in London’s Olympic journey, having started on site as delivery partner for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Following the Games, Mace was subsequently awarded the role of project manager for the London Legacy Development Corporation, responsible for the post-Games transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Having procured the Tier 1 contractors for this work, Mace is setting the standards for quality of design, construction and urban planning.

Stafford Lancaster, spokesperson for Qatari Diar Delancey, said: “Mace has demonstrated its expertise through its work on both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the LLDC’s ongoing transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We are looking forward to seeing how the team will bring this expertise and local knowledge to these new homes at East Village, further building on the strong residential legacy we have already achieved.”

Mark Reynolds, Chief Executive at Mace, said: “This is a fantastic appointment for Mace as this development forms an important part of a legacy that is very close to our hearts, having worked on the London Olympic project from the beginning. I am delighted that we are now able to bring our residential expertise and focus on innovation and high-class delivery to East Village.”

Mark Buckle, Director for Mace, said: “Our commitment to the Games lives on, and we are keen to make sure its legacy thrives. The residential sector is at the hub of Mace’s construction business and we are delighted to have been appointed to deliver one of the most prestigious residential developments in London.”

Neil Young, Chief Executive, Get Living London, said: “We’re excited that these new homes will bring further regeneration, more residents, additional retail and commercial amenities and a greater buzz to our growing neighbourhood. During construction we are committed to working closely with Mace to mitigate the impact on East Village residents as far as possible and we continue to keep residents updated as construction activity progresses.”

04/03/2016 09:59 by Buildington

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) handed over the Olympic Village site to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) yesterday (Friday 27 January). The handover of the Village, on time, marks the start of the huge process to fit-out the new apartments and Village site ready to welcome athletes and officials from around the world in six months’ time.

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28/01/2012 13:37 by Buildington

IOC encouraged by Olympic Village progress as first residential plot is completed
31 Mar 2011
Construction progress on the Olympic Village was praised by the International Olympic Committee today as the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced that work on the first residential plot has now been completed. The ODA also released a new Olympic Park flythrough video today along with the latest aerial images showing progress across the site.
Members of the IOC were shown around the Village as part of their biannual Coordination Commission visit and saw the first of 11 residential plots where the ODA’s construction work has now been completed. The construction of the remaining residential plots is firmly on track with the construction of the Village due to be completed by the end of the year.

The Olympic Village, which lies adjacent to the Olympic Park, will accommodate athletes and officials during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. After the Games the Village will deliver the legacy of 2,818 new homes for east London, including 1,379 high-quality affordable homes that have been purchased by Triathlon Homes. The homes will be joined by new parks, open space and new education and healthcare facilities in one of the best-connected parts of the capital.

IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald said, 'The Olympic Village is at the very heart of the Games experience for thousands of athletes. It represents their home away from home and the place where they will prepare to achieve their Olympic dreams. It is therefore encouraging to see that excellent progress has been made in constructing this accommodation, especially knowing that this Village will become a vibrant new community in legacy. With its close proximity to the Olympic Park, the athletes will undoubtedly take full advantage of being able to walk to events and this will allow them to soak up the atmosphere and live their Olympic experience to the full.'

ODA Chief Executive Dennis Hone said: 'The IOC’s praise for the Olympic Village is extremely encouraging and with our first residential plot now completed, we are seeing beds for athletes and new homes for Londoners taking shape.

'The Village will create a new neighbourhood for east London with the best of city living all in one place where essential new housing will be joined by education and healthcare facilities, new parklands, public squares and open space. With construction work firmly on track, discussions to secure a long-term private investor in the Village are also making good progress with a shortlist of investors due to be selected in the coming weeks.'

LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: 'The Village is looking incredible and we’re thrilled that the IOC is here to witness first-hand the progress that has been made. Whether competing at venues in the Park, or further afield there will be a place for all athletes here at the Village, giving them the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of the Games should they want to, wherever they are competing.

'London is going to be a special place to be in the summer of 2012 and athletes staying here will be at the heart of it all in the Athletes’ Village which will be a vibrant community for those competing. And after the Games, that sense of community will remain as a new neighbourhood is created in east London, on the doorstep of the Olympic Park.'

A shortlist of private sector investors to acquire the ODA’s interests in the Village is expected to be announced shortly for further detailed negotiations with a decision whether to proceed with a selected party then expected to be made in the Summer.

The ODA is looking to secure best-value together with a long-term commitment from an investor to realise the full potential of the Village development which includes:

New homes for Londoners
A complete neighbourhood of 2,818 new homes including 1,379 affordable homes
Family housing with nearly 1,000 three- and four-bed homes
New homes with functional, light spaces and open-plan layouts ranging from studio apartments to four- and five-bedroom townhouses
New homes built around private courtyards with podium-level car parking
New homes built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level Four
Homes have been designed for modern, sustainable living, and their construction, fittings and finishes are of the highest standard
Future development plots
Six future development plots with existing outline planning consent
In total, the six plots have the potential for 2,000 new homes to be developed, together with retail floor space and associated uses
New parklands, courtyards and open space
Village built over 27 hectares of land, the equivalent to St James’s Park, with tree-lined streets and new public squares
More than 10 hectares of new parks and open space interspersed with cycling facilities and recreation spaces
Landscaped courtyard areas with gardens and play areas
New community facilities, transport links and amenities
A world-class education campus, Chobham Academy, with 1,800 places for students aged 3-19
A state-of-the-art Polyclinic with a full range of healthcare services, including multiple GP surgeries, outpatient activity, and a children’s clinic
One of the best connected parts of the capital with Stratford International and Stratford stations offering links to London’s key locations
With local and independent shops, cafes and bars, the feeling of an established neighbourhood will be created
Adjacent to world-class sporting venues, parks and facilities in the Olympic Park and Stratford City, London’s newest and largest shopping centre
Triathlon Homes (a joint venture company established by urban development and investment company, First Base and housing associations, Southern Housing Group and East Thames Group) has purchased 1,379 of the new homes in the Athletes’ Village which will be delivered to the consortium from summer 2013. The affordable, high quality homes that Triathlon Homes is providing will help ensure a successful legacy for Stratford and the wider east London community after the London 2012 Games.

12/05/2011 12:56 by Buildington

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