Online House Hunter: In the wake of the Olympics
DAVID Spittles looks at the ‘Olympic effect’ in today’s Independent and how it is helping to revitalise the Thames gateway in terms of housing, business premises, leisure facilities and other infrastructure.
But there’s more than just London to the Olympics and Paralympics. There are a number of venues around the country where a chance to join the renaissance – and get a ringside seat – is just a house move away.
Weymouth Bay and Portland harbour, for instance, will be the venue for sailing competitions and this has led to the regeneration of the former Naval Air Station – now known as Osprey Quay. An athletes village being built on the Officers Fields’ site will house up to 400 competitors while British athletes will be accommodated at the nearby Castle Court development. A hotel, shops and restaurant also form part of the development.
And at Hadleigh Farm, Essex work is underway on a mountain bike course for the 2012 games. Historians will recognise Hadleigh Farm as the place where the Salvation Army began – and the Sally Army still owns the land. Although the track and grandstand will only be a temporary structure, Hadeligh Farm is included in the Essex Legacy project.
In neighbouring Hertfordshire is the Lee Valley White Water Centre which will host the Canoe Slalom competition. The courses and centre will remain after the Olympics and it is hoped to extend the Lee Valley park southwards to the River Thames. Lee Valley White Water Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centres in Olympic Park will be owned and operated by Lee Valley Regional Park after the games.
You may be too late to snap up a house in time for the Olympics but the regeneration programmes should ensure that living in those areas touched by the Olympics proves a real winner.
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