Olympic Village Sprints Ahead

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Byline: Matthew Beard and Ruth Bloomfield

THE 1,000th home in the 2012 Olympic Village was completed today in a key milestone for the [pounds sterling]1 billion project.

Three of the village's 11 residential plots on the eastern fringe of the Olympic Park are now structurally ready, with almost 3,000 construction workers on the site.

By early 2012 the taxpayer-funded housing development will consist of 2,800 homes and apartments, which will be sold off after the Games.

Living conditions in the village for the 17,350 athletes and officials during the Games are detailed in a planning consent granted this week by the Olympic Delivery Authority.

The compact 40-hectare village site -- 50 per cent smaller than for the Beijing Games -- means the ODA has had to make the most of floor space.

To create an extra bedroom, kitchens have not been included although these will be added in the post-Games conversion.

The ODA said athletes in the village would typically be housed in two, four or six-bedroom apartments with no more than two to a twin room measuring at least 12 square metres. …