London 2012: Pinsent begins ‘bedding in’ at Olympic Village
Matthew Pinsent helps start workers move 16,000 beds into the Olympic Village with exactly six months to go until London 2012
Four-time Olympic champion Matthew Pinsent knows the importance of a good night’s sleep before competition – which is why he was on hand to help install the first of 16,000 beds at the London 2012 Olympic Village.
Pinsent once famously described the atmosphere in the village as like a “school disco” where “everyone is working out who to kiss”.
But insists beds, which should be able to accommodate the giant frames of basketball players and heavyweight weightlifters, should only be used for sleeping until competitions are over.
With exactly six months to go until the opening ceremony, the fit-out has started at the £1bn village that will be home to 16,000 athletes and team officials from over 200 countries during the Games.
In addition to beds, 11,000 sofas and 9,000 wardrobes will be installed while each of the 2,818 apartments will have a television and Wifi access.
Work has also begun on the huge temporary food hall, which will have 5,000 seats and be able to serve 60,000 meals a day, while building has commenced at the village plaza, a social hub with shops and athlete services for athletes and their guests, including a cafe, general store, bank, beauty and grooming salon and internet lounge.
“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,” said London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.
“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 six months’ time.”