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LOCOG Takes Ownership of Paralympic Sailing Village

The London 2012 Organizing Committee (LOCOG) took temporary ownership of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Village for this summer on Thursday (16 February), as it gets ready to house the competitors and team officials taking part in the Paralympic Games Sailing events.

For Paralympic Games, the Osprey Quay development will contain about 40 residential units that will host close to 350 athletes and 275 officials.

In the official ceremony where LOCOG took temporary ownership of the Village, Sir Keith Mills, Deputy Chair of LOCOG and Councillor Graham Winter, Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, joined site workers and local residents at the Village to thank them for their work and to showcase how a finished apartment will look during the Games.

During the Games, each house will host around eight athletes and have all facilities except a kitchen. Athletes will eat in a temporary dining hall which will be constructed on the site and have a social area in the new Chesil Cove Foundation School which LOCOG will take temporary ownership of in May.

“This is an exciting milestone with less than six months until we welcome the first athletes and Sailing officials to Weymouth and Portland,” Mills said. “The Sailing Village will be a fantastic facility for the athletes, but just as importantly after the Games this will be a development with both affordable and low carbon housing on offer.”

All the residential units are low carbon and the heating and hot water for 58 of the homes comes from a biomass heating system. Many of the houses are fitted with rainwater harvesting.

After the Sailing competitions have finished this summer, the apartments will be converted into homes with 25 percent of the housing made available to a registered landlord for social housing needs.

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