The Media Village being built for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics in Paris is to be constructed in two stages, it has been revealed, with 700 homes ready in time for the Games and the remaining 600 completed after the event has finished.
Solideo, the state-owned company in charge of the construction sites for Paris 2024, is promising a "garden city" for the 21st century.
Two groups have been selected to build the Village located in Le Bourget, a commune in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris and about 6.6 miles from the centre of the French capital.
Sogeprom, Demathieu and Bard Immobilier have been chosen to build the units for the Games and will also be involved in some of the work afterwards.
Ametis, Ideom and Gaïa Promotion will work exclusively on the lots to be constructed following the competition of Paris 2024.
They were chosen by a selection committee led by Michel Cadot, the interministerial delegate for Paris 2024, and are due to be officially appointed by Solideo during its next Board meeting on Tuesday (October 13).
Schools, gymnasiums, cycle paths and space for small businesses are all expected to be included in the new project.
The Media Village is set to cover an area of 96,000 square metres and accommodate approximately 2,800 journalists and technicians during the Games.
It will eventually include 1,300 family accommodations which, after the Games, will remain as a legacy.
A total of 20 per cent of social housing is planned.
TVK and UrbanEco had already been appointed as general contractors for the 70-hectare project.
It is hoped when everything is completed it will strengthen links between municipalities, to connect open spaces and to drive urban development in a “garden city” approach.
Landscaping, the development of green spaces with a 13-hectare extension of Georges-Valbon Park and redevelopment of Le Bourget sports and school park are at the heart of the project it is promised.
The Village will be close to La Courneuve, where the shooting is due to take place during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sport climbing, which was originally due to take place in the Place de la Concorde, is also expected to be moved to the Sports Park in Le Bourget.
Work is due to officially start next summer and is due to be handed over to Olympic and Paralympic organisers in March 2024.
The main Media centre - where 25,000 journalists will work during the Games – is scheduled to be in the premises of Paris-Le Bourget Exhibition Centre.
Nicolas Ferrand, the executive director of Solideo, has emphasised the importance of making the Media Village as comfortable as possible for journalists visiting France to cover the Games.
"About 2,800 journalists will stay in the Media Village, they will take pictures, tweet, and what they see may be their only vision of Paris, France and the Olympic venues during their stay, so it is the image of France in the world that we are building here," he said.