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London 2012 named ‘greenest Olympics ever’ T

he London 2012 Olympic Games have been hailed as the most ecologically sustainable Olympics ever by conservation

charity WWF UK and social enterprise BioRegional. Their joint report, Towards a One Planet Olympics Revisited,

concluded that London 2012 had succeeded in being the most sustainable Games yet, although failures still occurred in some significant areas. The use of carbon footprint as a strategic tool was good,

said the report, while the failure to build a significant and visible renewable-energy source was bad. Sue Riddlestone, BioRegional’s executive director and one

of the report’s authors, said, “London 2012 is the Olympics that sets a new sustainability standard for future Games; we just wish London 2012 had been able to push sustainability a little faster, a bit higher and with an even stronger focus on changes beyond the Olympic Park.”

CIS cement production growing


trong GDP growth and increased demand across the CIS region saw cement production rise in 2011, with projections of 14% growth in 2012, according to the latest report by market research company PMR. The report, Cement market in

CIS countries 2012 − Development forecasts for 2012-2015, says 12 countries covered by the report produced a combined 93.5 million tonnes of cement in 2011. Nearly 60% of this came from Russia, with Ukraine and Kazakhstan producing 11% and 8% respectively. PMR expects cement production will grow by 14% in 2012 to 106 million tonnes, with consumption reaching 109 million tonnes.

Mead joins editorial board B

uilding Research Establishment’s head of Passivhaus Kym Mead has been

appointed to the new low-carbon editorial board for Construction News magazine. Ms Mead, along with the other newly

appointed board members, will provide guidance and insight into the issues and

projects they think Construction News should be covering in its fortnightly low- carbon section. The board will meet for the first time at a round-table discussion on low-carbon issues in October.

Hospital masterplan winners D

anish engineering and design consultancy Ramboll, together with architects BDP (UK) and TKT (Denmark), has won the international masterplan competition for the new multi-purpose Bispebjerg hospital in Copenhagen. The design of the new €540 million (US$ 666 million) hospital measures

Zumtobel winners announced

The winners of the 2012 Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment have been announced. In the Built Environment category, US-based not-for-profit architectural practice MASS Design Group was awarded for its Butaro Hospital project in Rwanda. The Research & Initiative award went to France’s Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée (AAA) for its R-URBAN project in the socially- deprived Parisian suburb of Colombes. | 3

more than 26 ha and features 121,000m2 of new buildings and 96,000m2


renovation. Construction is expected to start in 2014 and finish in late 2015. The winning proposal splits the hospital

into four different areas, including ‘green’ and ‘recreational’, and protects heritage- listed pavilions that form part of the existing hospital.

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