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Foster to smash turbine record in Manchester

Foster and Partners has designed this £4.3 million piece of history - an 80m-tall wind turbine that will power a stadium and 2,000 homes.

The turbine will tower over the City of Manchester Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club, if planning permission is granted in November, it was announced yesterday.

The SportCity Wind Turbine project - which would sit on the corner of Manchester's SportCity Way and Joe Mercer Way - would potentially be the biggest land-based turbine in the UK.

The structure's three blades would covert to a single point on less windy days, and the machine would produce about two megawatts of electricity if built.

Manchester City's chief executive, Alistair Mackintosh, said: 'At a time when the subjects of climate change and carbon emissions are dominating the headlines and the thoughts of the world's most powerful leaders, I am proud that Manchester City is playing a significant part in safeguarding our environment.

'The carbon emission savings from the SportCity turbine would be equivalent to that of at least 2,000 homes and would really make strides into the long-term goal of making Manchester a truly green city,' he added.

by Rob Sharp

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