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Final touches being made with safety gloves to Olympic village

The final touches are being added to East Village in Stratford, London, which will house the Olympic athletes for next year's Games.

After the event ends, the buildings will then be converted into 2,818 modern, eco-friendly flats to house some 6,000 London residents.

Undertaking the mammoth task are the 3,000 construction workers employed on the project – many of who are laying pavements and landscaping gardens around the site now that the buildings are nearing completion.

The builders are using safety gloves as they work with the concrete and cement during the paving phase and also to protect their hands from the high-powered water jets used to wash down the slabs afterwards.

The development is a key part of the London Games and, for the organisers, it was important to get it right.

Director of property at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Ralph Luck said: "A key part of the games bid was to create a lasting residential legacy and the ODA is delivering on that commitment as part of the sale of the village to QDD (Qatari Diar Real Estate Development Company and Delancey) and Triathlon."

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