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Planned legacy of the Games
|London bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics|
The organizing committee paid special attention to the after effects of the games on London, and what they could do to make sure the games left a lasting impression on London and the world. The LOCOG planned out the uses of important stadiums and transportation systems after the games, as well as the social factors of the 2012 legacy.
One of the most prominent of the proposed legacy is the conversion of the Olympic Village into 3,600 apartments, most of which will be affordable housing. Most of Stratford City will be regenerated with the construction of 500,000 more square metres of space.
The committee outlined plans to donate the sports equipment used in the Games to sports clubs and charities in the United Kingdom.
One of the priorities governing the contents of London's bid was to avoid leaving "white elephants" after the games. In order to be sure that important venues and stadiums do not go to waste, the organising committee has planned what to do with them after the games. All venues that will not have a planned use after the games are over will be built as temporary venues.
The 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium will be converted into a 25,000-seat multi-purpose venue to be mainly used for athletics events. The Stadium should become the hub of east London activities when the games end.
Transport and infrastructure for the games
|London 2012 Transport Train|
Public transport, an aspect of the bid which scored poorly in the IOC's initial evaluation, was planned to see numerous improvements, including the expansion of the London Underground's East London Line, upgrades to the Docklands Light Railway and the North London Line, and the new "Olympic Javelin" service. It is almost impossible to assess how many of the proposed improvements would have happened in any case. The games were won without a commitment to deliver Crossrail by 2012. This is the largest transport project proposed for London, and it was widely assumed in the early stages of the bidding process that the games could not be won without a guarantee that it would be completed before the games.
The Olympic Zone for Summer Games is to encompass all of the facilities within the 500 acre (2 km²) Olympic Park in Stratford. This park is to be developed on existing waste and industrial land, at grid reference TQ379849 on Map, and would be just seven minutes by Olympic Javelin train from central London. The park will contain following facilities:
The Olympic Stadium, hosting the track and field athletics events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
The Aquatics Centre, hosting diving, swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo.
The London Velopark, including a 6,000 seat indoor velodrome for track cycling and a 6,000 seat outdoor BMX racing track.
The Olympic Hockey Centre, with 15,000 and 5,000 seat arenas, hosting the hockey.
Four indoor arenas (Olympic Park Arenas 1-4), hosting basketball (2), fencing (4), volleyball (1), handball (3), and the fencing and shooting disciplines of the modern pentathlon (2).
The London Olympic Village, with accommodations for all athletes and accredited officials (some 17,320 beds in total). After the games the village was planned a become a district of the Stratford City development, a multi-billion pound development project on the former railway goods yard to the east of the Olympic Park.
The Olympic Press and Broadcast Centres.
A tennis training centre.
|ExCel Center - London 2012|
London 2012 was the successful bid for the 2012 Summer Games, to be held in London with most events taking place in Stratford, Newham. The British Olympic Association had been working on this bid since 1997. In December 2000 the report was shown to Government ministers.
Following three failed consecutive United Kingdom (UK) bids (Birmingham in 1992 and Manchester in 1996 and 2000), the decision was made to bid with London, given the clear indication that it was the only city in the UK that had a chance of being selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) when put up against other world cities in a competitive bidding process. London obviously performed better than Manchester and Birmingham. On 6 July 2005 at its 117th Session in Singapore, the IOC awarded the London Bid with the rights to host the Games of the XXX Olympiad. The city beat out the favorite (Paris 2012) on the fourth and final ballot 54 to 50 and will become the first city to host the Games three times.
At the time of the bid, the budget projection was around £2 billion, but more recently, many are saying that the true cost will be around £9 billion and involves a major regeneration of the Stratford area of London, as well as improvements to surrounding services and associated venues. Public transport, an aspect of the proposal which scored poorly for the bid, will see numerous improvements, including the London Underground and the new "Olympic Javelin" service.