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Berkeley, Barratt and Taylor Wimpey in race for Olympic homes

The Olympic Park Legacy Company has announced a shortlist of six developers to build the first neighbourhood on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The company said Chobham Manor, sited between the Athletes’ Village and the VeloPark, will be a return to London’s traditional family neighbourhoods of terraced and mews houses, set within tree-lined avenues.

The shortlisted bidders are:

East Thames and Countryside Properties
Barratt Homes and Le Frak Organisation
St James Group Limited (Berkeley)
Swan Housing Association, Urban Splash, Yoo & Mace
Notting Hill Housing, United Housing and HTA
Taylor Wimpey and London & Quadrant

The bidders will be asked to submit outline proposals by the end of February 2012, with the appointment expected in the summer and the first homes to be ready in 2014.

The legacy company said 70 per cent of the 800 homes will offer much-needed family housing, while 40 per cent of the new homes will be houses with gardens – almost a quarter of the total number of new houses registered in London last year.

Andrew Altman, chief executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said: “Plans for the Olympic Park after the Games are already more advanced than any other Olympic host city and we aim to continue this by appointing a preferred bidder before the 2012 Games.”

Chobham is one of five neighbourhoods to be developed on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with up to 8,000 new homes being built over the next 20 years, in addition to the Athletes Village.

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