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Old March 6th, 2011, 04:51 PM   #2101
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£10,000 a week to rent a London home for the Olympics

Homeowners in south-east London are demanding up to £10,000 a week in rent for their houses during next summer's Olympics. The rents being asked -four times higher than normal - are the first signs of the expected accommodation gold rush near the main Games venues.

The most expensive "Olympics-only" property offered for rent so far is a five-bedroom house in Blackheath billed as "perfect" for corporate hospitality and "a minute away" from the entrance to Greenwich Park, where the equestrian events are taking place. The owners want £10,850 a week, the sort of rate usually associated only with property in Chelsea or Kensington.

At the other end of the scale, the owner of a one-bedroom flat in Greenwich is asking for £1,692 a week, considerably more than it could usually command in a month. Average rents in Greenwich are £1,229 a month.

At estate agent River Habitat, which has about 60 "Olympic landlords" on its books, finance director Julian Jarvis said enquiries from potential tenants have doubled over the past month. "A few travel agents representing particular clients are now looking seriously. One represents the Olympic committee of a certain country. Swiss authorities say they need at least 60 rooms. And the representative of a big media organisation is looking primarily in Limehouse and Wapping."

Most owners are looking for tenants for at least a month, meaning some could earn close to £50,000. Blackheath is proving particularly popular. "If you are coming from somewhere like Austria you are used to open spaces so somewhere like Blackheath is appealing," said Mr Jarvis.

Nigel Lewis, property analyst at the FindaProperty website, said:"We've talked about the Olympics effect for a long time in the property world but we're finally seeing hard evidence.

"Rental prices in Barcelona and Sydney spiked when those cities hosted the Games, and Wimbledon sees rent hikes of around 400 to 500 per cent during the tennis championship." Although most evident in the east of the capital, the Olympics effect is starting to be felt more widely. Finance worker Edith Turay, 32, said she planned to double the rent for a room in her house in Hayes, 15 minutes from Heathrow, to £200 a week.
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especially for atheltics finals/swim finals I think the ticket prize will be incredible..
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Old March 8th, 2011, 02:50 AM   #2103
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Olympics tickets go on sale in a week

The London Olympics opens in 508 days from now and it is only a week until those coveted Olympics tickets go on sale.

To make sure the whole of the UK feels involved and not just London, the chairman of the organising body Lord Coe has been flying the 2012 flag in Glasgow and Belfast.

The BBC's sports editor David Bond travelled with him.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 08:02 PM   #2104
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Old March 11th, 2011, 09:39 PM   #2105
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2012 venues access website launched

A website to help sports fans find out about how accessible facilities are at the London 2012 venues and tourist hotspots has been launched. The InclusiveLondon.com website has been built to help people find out about the accessibility features of a range of places including the 2012 Games venues, hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops, museums and tourist attractions.

Reviews and feedback can be posted on the site which currently has details of 7,700 London locations. The site, which stays online after the 2012 Games, can filter searches by queries such as whether there is wheelchair or pushchair access, if assistance dogs are welcome or whether there are hearing loops.

It has been developed by a special London 2012 team working with Direct Enquiries, founders of the Nationwide Access Register. Chris Holmes, London 2012's director of Paralympic Integration and a nine-times Paralympic swimming champion, said: "InclusiveLondon.com is a fantastic tool that will help us to deliver the most accessible and inclusive Games ever.

"The site is an invaluable resource for anyone with additional access needs, whether you're a sports fan planning a trip to the city or simply someone who wants to soak up the party atmosphere during the Games." Deputy London mayor Richard Barnes said: "This is a first for a host city and I am confident that as users add information to the site it will become a valuable one stop shop to help visitors with specific access needs to get around the capital and make the most of their stay."
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Old March 13th, 2011, 07:45 PM   #2107
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Boris Johnson invites bids for first Olympic Park neighbourhood

Boris Johnson today asked construction firms to bid to build the first Olympic Park neighbourhood. Speaking at an international property fair in Cannes, the Mayor said it was the "first major opportunity for developers to create one of several new neighbourhoods in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park".

From next month, they can bid to build up to 800 homes on a site between the VeloPark and the Olympic Village in the north-east of the park.
The development will be a mixture of flats, mews and town houses with 60 per cent being family homes.

The neighbourhood, which will be developed from 2013, will be at the centre of new facilities including a polyclinic, two nurseries and community centre. The homes will be served by Chobham Academy School, which will open as part of the 2,800 unit development in the neighbouring Olympic Village. It will be the first of five neighbourhoods to be created in the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park over the next 20 years, accommodating up to 8,000 new homes with up to 35 per cent being affordable housing.

Margaret Ford, chairwoman of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said: "This is the most exciting neighbourhood development opportunity in the UK. We will be looking for an exceptional developer who shares our vision to bring together the best traditions of London's architecture and design to create a real family environment."

Mr Johnson said: "Our spectacular Olympic Park with its world-class venues is already changing the landscape of east London and delivering a legacy. This milestone signals the dawn of creating a district where communities will be created around excellent facilities."
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Old March 14th, 2011, 03:28 AM   #2108
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Starting gun fired in race for Olympics tickets

Olympics chiefs said today they will make history by selling out 2012 tickets when they go on sale next week. Britain's biggest sporting ticket sale begins on Tuesday afternoon with almost seven million available for next year's Games.

Millions of people are expected to inundate the official website.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "In just over 500 days London and the UK will become the stage for this wonderful festival of sport and from next week everyone has the chance to be part of it. Sign up for the greatest tickets to the greatest show on the planet." Games chiefs will embark on one of the most complex retail exercises ever as they sell tickets for 640 sessions across 26 sports.

They predict they will make Olympic history by selling all the tickets, which have a combined value of £500 million. Paul Deighton, chief executive of organiser Locog, said all could be gone by July 27, when the Games begin. This would be a record for a one-off sports event. But amid concerns of a website crash customers were urged not to panic because they have six weeks to submit their applications and would gain no advantage from applying on the first day.

There are fears of a repeat of the chaos this year when 20 million Take That fans crashed websites and swamped the BT network as a million tickets were sold for the band's tour in 24 hours. Games chief Sebastian Coe added: "With 42 days to apply for Olympic tickets, there's no need to rush, and it's not first come first served. There is a huge choice of tickets to the greatest show on earth."

Mr Deighton told would-be spectators: "The track cycling is going to be in tight demand. Also the Olympic Park venues will be in high demand because we think people will want to come to the park." By all means apply for these events, he said, but hedge your bets with volleyball, handball and football - and experiment. "Big team sports have a lot of sessions in reasonably-sized venues and you would assume they are likely to have more tickets left over," he added.

A London 2012 milestone will also be marked on the day the sale begins. A seven-metre tall clock in the shape of the Olympic logo will be unveiled in Trafalgar Square to begin the 500-day countdown to the opening ceremony. Prices range from £20 to £2,102 for the ceremony. The premium charge for the best seats is a strategy by Games chiefs to make as many cheaper seats as possible available.

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What is the process for applying?

Tickets go on sale next Tuesday on the official website for six weeks until April 6. It is not first come first served. There will be 6.6 million tickets on sale to the public. Prices are listed at london2012.com and range for sports from £20 to £725 and ceremonies from £20.12 to £2,012.

How are tickets allocated?

You can apply across all 26 sports but will have to pay if granted everything. Fans applying for an oversubscribed event will enter an automated ballot.

How do I make sure of a ticket?

Apply for the heats of popular events such as athletics, track cycling or swimming as they will be oversubscribed in the latter stages of competition. Football is a good bet as there are one million tickets available.

Is there a limit on what I can apply for?

Yes. The cap is set according to anticipated demand for each session. So you can buy a maximum four per household for a night at the athletics, but up to 30 for a qualifier session (of two matches) in the football.

How do I pay?

Visa card, cheque, cash or postal order. You can also fill out applications at Lloyds TSB branches.

What happens after the end of the ticket sales phase?

For oversubscribed events there will be an automated ballot. But all applicants will be informed by late June about their allocation and payments taken then.

Is there a second chance?

You may be offered slightly cheaper or more expensive tickets if your preferred price is sold out. Unsold tickets will be available last-minute at box offices at the venues but there may only be a tiny number left. Official advice is not to delay until next year.
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London 2012 Countdown clock unveiled

The London 2012 Countdown clock has been unveiled in Trafalgar square tonight with 500 days to go until the Opening ceremony. Heres a link to the BBC article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12733676

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Wellcome Trust puts in £1bn bid for Olympic Park site

The Wellcome Trust has tabled a £1bn offer to the body managing the future of the Olympic Park to buy up the freehold for the majority of the site. The trust has tabled the speculative bid for the freehold to land that includes the stadium, the aquatics centre and the media centre. The £14.5bn Wellcome Trust had already been named as one of nine bidders for the athletes' village, which will be converted into 2,800 apartments after the 2012 Games.

Under the latest proposal, the government and City Hall would see an immediate return on the £675m owed to the National Lottery towards its contribution to the Games and could also start to repay the debts for the land in east London, according to the Financial Times.

The debt taken on by the London Development Agency in acquiring the land for the Olympic site has been taken on by the government under a deal that granted the freehold to the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), which in turn is due to be subsumed into the new Mayoral Development Agency. The government and the London mayor, joint shareholders in the OPLC, have delegated responsibility for all negotiations over the future of the park to the company, chaired by Lady Ford.

Whitehall sources said that if the embryonic Wellcome bid was taken seriously, a formal tender process would have to be launched to invite rival offers.

It was envisaged that the OPLC would gradually repay the money owed to the government, the Greater London Authority and the lottery out of the receipts generated from overseeing the development of the park over the next 20 years. By selling the freehold it could start balancing the books immediately.

"In exploring [the Olympic village bid] further, we are giving detailed consideration as to how we may also become investors in the wider Olympic Park and optimise the legacy of the Olympics," the trust told the FT.

Given Wellcome's interests in early stage technology companies, it could prove an attractive option given David Cameron's desire to see the media centre become the hub of a science and technology park. But there are contrasting views on how viable that vision is, with Ford yesterday telling the London assembly that the media centre would be one of the more challenging venues to let.

Another practical obstacle would concern how a bid for the freehold of the land on which the media centre, stadium and other venues sit could affect the Olympic Development Agency's parallel auction for the athlete's village.

The ODA is now seeking bids from developers after originally taking the decision to fund the development wholly from the public purse at the height of the financial crisis.

Other heavyweight bidders for the development include the Qatari sovereign wealth fund, Sir Robert McAlpine's construction group, insurance giant Aviva, Hutchison Whampoa and a string of property groups. The OPLC is currently in the process of finding tenants for the venues at the Park and recently awarded the lease for the stadium to a joint bid from West Ham United and Newham council. At a property fair in Cannes, the OPLC also recently went to market with the first phase of its developments of 8,000 homes on the site.

Under Wellcome's plans, they would remain true to the masterplan developed by the OPLC.
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