The Olympic Village site was handed over to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) last week, six months before the Games begin.The handover signals the start of the huge task of fitting out the new apartments before the arrival of athletes and officials from around the world in six months' time.
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent was on hand to help start LOCOG's 'bedding in' process, helping lift in the first of thousands of beds to be installed in the Village in the coming months.
The Olympic Village will be able to house up to 16,000 athletes and team officials during the Olympic Games, and 6,200 athletes and team officials during the Paralympic Games.
Said LOCOG chair Seb Coe, "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 one of the biggest sporting moments of their lives. With the Village now handed over we are starting the huge process to install essential facilities and services ready to welcome competitors from around the world in 6 months' time."
After the Games, the Village will create 2,818 new homes across 11 individually-designed plots in a new community to be known as East Village.