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Olympic Park Energy Centre Plans announced

The Olympic Development Authority (ODA) has unveiled its designs for the Olympic Park Energy Centre.

The energy centre is due to be built by preferred bidder SUEZ Group, through its subsidiary Elyo, and is designed by John McAslan Architects. It will be built in the west of the Olympic Park, providing an efficient power, heating and cooling system across the site for the Games and for the new buildings and communities that will develop after 2012.

ODA Director of Infrastructure and Utilities, Simon Wright, said: "The Energy Centre will be at the heart of the new utilities networks in the Olympic Park, powering the site during the Games and providing energy to local communities in legacy.

"Sustainability runs right through this project and our energy centre plans will ensure the Games deliver the lasting legacy of a sustainable energy supply for this part of east London," he said.

Part of the utilities infrastructure will be housed within an existing Victorian building at Kings Yard in the west of the Olympic Park which will be retained and renovated.

Construction work on the new Energy Centre building will begin in the summer to coincide with the start of work on the main venues in the Olympic Park, allowing utilities connections to be fitted into the building foundations at the start of construction.

The Energy Centre design is sustainable and flexible to allow future technologies to be used within the centre as they are developed in years to come.

It will be joined by a primary electrical substation to the west of the Olympic Park which will form the heart of the new utilities networks under construction across the area.

The Energy Centre will use sustainable technologies to support the ODA's commitment to renewable energy technology and providing efficient energy systems in the Olympic Park.

It will include biomass boilers using sustainable biomass fuels (woodchip) and gas to generate heat, and a Combined Cooling Heat and Power (CCHP) plant to capture the heat generated by electricity production. The site-wide heat network will be used to generate domestic hot water and to heat the Aquatics Centre swimming pools and other venues and buildings.

A planning application for the energy centre will be submitted in March.

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