Olympics chiefs are promising to deliver the “largest peacetime catering operation in the world” after confirming that building work on the ‘Village’ where athletes will stay during the event has been completed.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has now started constructing a temporary 24-hour main dining facility with 5,000 seats, as well the Village Plaza Café and ‘Grab-and-go’ carts.
Collectively the restaurants will serve up to 60,000 meals a day, making it the biggest food service operation on the planet, according to LOCOG.
Athletes and team officials will be able to choose from a menu containing food sustainably sourced from around the world.
It will include 25,000 loaves of bread, 232 tonnes of potatoes, 75,000 litres of milk and more than 330 tonnes of fruit and vegetables.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) started work on the Village in June 2008 and has now completed the construction of 2,818 new apartments on time.
“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,” said LOCOG chair Seb Coe.
After the Games, the Village will create a legacy of almost 3,000 new homes across 11 individually designed plots in a new community to be known as East Village.