POSTED: February 9th 2010

Olympic sailors handed land-based solution to end 2012 accommodation issue

Seb Coe: happy with Osprey Quay /
Seb Coe: happy with Osprey Quay /

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LONDON, Feb 09: Osprey Quay at Portland in Dorset has been chosen by the London Olympic organisers to house the sailing community for the 2012 Games.

The 14-day Olympic sailing competition in July and August 2012 will involve 700 sailors, coaches and officials with the six day Paralympic sailing competition in August and September 2012 requiring just under half the number.

Sustainable developer ZeroC Holdings is building 77 two, three and four-bedroom low carbon homes in partnership with the South West Regional Development Agency, the landowner. Osprey Quay is a former Royal Navy Air Station which was acquired for regeneration in 2000.

The development, selected after an assessment of regional accommodation options, is close to the competition venue - the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and the adjacent Portland Marina. Planning permission for the 77 homes was granted last July and construction started in September 2009.

The homes will meet Level Four of the Code for Sustainable Homes, reducing carbon emissions by more than half compared with conventional new build properties.

Lord Sebastian Coe, LOCOG chairman, said: “This development offers consistency with standards in the Athletes Village in Stratford. We are confident that making temporary use of a permanent facility is the right solution for athletes and for Portland in the long-term.”

Councillor Howard Legg, briefholder for special projects and 2012, was happy with a land-based solution clearly “preferable to a temporary cruise ship.”

After the Games 25 per cent of the accommodation will be made available as affordable housing via a registered social landlord. The remaining properties will be sold privately by ZeroC.

Keywords · 2012 Olympic Games · Coe · sailing · Portland · Dorset · Weymouth

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