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Greenwich on track?

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The Greenwich Millennium Village will be late but is 'broadly on course to deliver the original aspirations ofthe project',deputy prime minister John Prescott said last week.Prescott's DETR finally published the independent report into the saga last week and its authors,Gardiner Theobald, said that the only major difference is in the programme - it will be finished far later than planned.

Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd, the company running the scheme, said work will now start on site at Christmas,with a visitor centre and marketing to commence early in the new Millennium.

Prescott asked English Partnerships for a full report in July when HTA Architects was sacked from the project - the practice had been complaining that the aspirations towards new construction methods and energy -saving features had been whittled away.The 60-page report says that there are lessons that innovation needs a stable,supportive environment.It says that some ofthe blocks will go over budget but overall a 5 per cent saving should be made in the initial phases.

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