|Athletes relax in a comfortable, beautiful environment
As many Capetonians are aware, the Culemborg site on the foreshore is extremely prominent and visually unkept. It is the gateway
to the inner city when entering from the north. Currently this gateway does not do justice to a city famed for being a “must-see-before-you-die”
place on earth.
The vision to construct the Olympic Village on this site with the backdrop of Table Mountain, provides the catalyst which
will spark off the start of the regeneration of this area along with the east side of the city centre.
The 23 hectare Culemborg site had been identified as an ideal location because of its proximity to the CBD, major roads,
railway lines and tourist hotels. It is centrally located with regards to many venues, and less than 5 minutes from the Olympic
Stadium. The site is bordered by Oswald Pirow Boulevard, Hertzog Boulevard, New Market Street and the N1 in the vicinity of
the Royal Cape Yacht basin. The layout of the village will take into account noise pollution, providing the highest standards
of living ensuring a peaceful stay for all athletes.
Ensuring excellent facilities and conditions for athletes, the existing 23 hectare site will be expanded into the current
industrial zone, which will make way for further olympic village space, providing a spacious and comfortable living environment
for all athletes and officials.
The Olympic Village will be within 10 minutes of 10 competition venues and within walking distance of the new Cape Town
Exhibition Centre to host Artistic Gymnastics, Basketball finals and Volleyball. A high speed rail service will move athletes
from the heart of the city to other sporting clusters will move athletes. All current rail lines and power lines will be be
removed from ground level and will be diverted using underground routes, ensuring minimal noise pollution in the area. Every
competitor irrespective of the location of their event will have a bed reserved in the Olympic Village. The Village land itself
is not too compact but neither too large, allowing for spacious accommodation in four to six storey apartment buildings, able
to house 16,000 athletes and NOC team officials in 16,800 beds, and with space and capacity to add more if need be, while
maintaining the quality of living conditions for every individual.
The 80,000 seat Olympic Stadium is set to be completed by 2009 and would be constructed within a short distance of the
Olympic Village and will form the focal point of the the Green Point Olympic Park, which will include the aquatic centre,
two temporary Olympic Park Arenas, the Whitewater Centre, Triathlon Centre and Tennis Centre. Dedicate lanes and train routes
will ensure athletes arrive at their venues safely and quickly and will be designated for competitors allowing safe, convenient
and unobstructed journey's to the various venues. The Olympic Village will include an internal non-polluting transportation
system which will extend along the athlete routes ensuring competitors arrive refreshed and on time. The vast majority of
competitors ( 80% of Olympic Athletes and 90% of Paralympic athletes) will be within 20 minutes of their venues.
The Village has been designed "by athletes for athletes" drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience of
individuals who have lived, worked or managed an Olympic Village, ensuring that standards are exceeded and that all athletes
are more than satisfied. Athletes will reside in a joyous yet peaceful and secure environment providing the best conditions
for athletes to reach their peak performances. Restaurants, services, welcome areas, leisure and training zones will be very
well located, ensuring athletes quick, easy and safe access to all of them. The same applies to all other services and amenities
required by athletes at any time of the day. The Olympic and Paralympic Village will be one and the same, allowing for full
access to athletes in wheelchairs and at the same instance constructing the village to suit each paralympian, providing special
attention where circumstances are extreme.
There will be no negotiating regarding the quality of living conditions provided to Paralympians and the Village in itself
will address these needs. The design and layout of Olympic apartments and services will ensure a swift and efficient change
from Olympic to Paralympic mode. At the core of the development of the Olympic Village is sustainability which allows to provide
for a great legacy for all. Closer work will be needed with Environmental experts to assure that the land and area is not
heavily impacted and ensuring that emission of carbon and other ozone decaying items are not a factor.
Looking beyond the Games, the Olympic Village will become a symbol of Cape Town's pledge to continue its pursuit to rectify
any existing housing shortages and improving the lives of its communities at the same time. More than half of the apartments
will be made available at reduced prices to accommodate specifically lower-middle income families who would not usually be
able to afford such high standards of accommodation elsewhere in Cape Town.
The centrally located Polyclinic will remain as a health centre for the surrounding apartments and communities, where
as the buildings which house the administration offices and supporting facilities will be converted into a sustainable educational
and cultural legacy ; with nursery, primary, secondary schools and a lifelong learning centre to serve the needs of the local
community. The large Village Dining Area itself will be slightly modified and relocated to a nearby secondary school to serve
as a multi-purpose sports and cultural centre. The remaining areas of the international zone will be integrated into the new
surrounding east side city developments ensuring the village continues the urban regeneration of this neglected party of
the city. The Olympic Park village community of offices, homes and sports facilities will ensure vital services and entertainment
is provided to the new community. This is a key factor and vision of the Olympic Games Committee and the City of Cape Town
in ensuring a well rounded, safe, environmentally aware and diverse local community is created as an inspiration to produce
and initiate greater development across other neglected areas of Cape Town. The Cape Town Olympic village will truly stand
as a symbol of urban regeneration and at with the backdrop of table mountain will provide a picturesque village, unlike ever
The Olympic Village in Cape Town in 2016 is where the worlds greatest athletes will live in peaceful society, safely and
comfortably, in accordance with the Olympic Ideals of a truly cultural and sporting celebration.