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Olympic village project should learn from green Turin Games

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DEVELOPERS OF the London 2012 athlete's village should follow the example set by Turin's Winter Olympics if they are to deliver Tony Blair's promise of 'the greenest games ever', one of the engineers who worked on the project claimed this week.

Development of the site will be carried out by Australian developer Westfield.

The role of construction partner is expected to be awarded to Lend Lease this week, by client London & Continental Railways.

The pair will transform the 69ha brownfield site to the east of the Olympic Park into a £4bn commercial, residential and retail development that will include the athletes' accommodation.

Faber Maunsell regional director Michael Maslin said Lend Lease should look towards the Turin Winter Olympics' example.

Turin 2006 was hailed as the greenest Olympics ever by the United Nations Environment Programme and design of the athlete's village was project managed by Maslin.

'The site in Turin, like London, was a brownfield site, ' said Maslin.

'We considered everything that could make the project more sustainable, from construction methods used to the appliances used within the buildings.' Where possible, construction materials were sourced locally and procured if they required low levels of energy when manufactured.

On the site itself, 1800m of solar thermal panels were installed to heat water, while waste water was used to water communal gardens and spray taps and dual flush toilets were installed in the bathrooms.

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