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Millennium Exhibition planning application submitted to Greenwich Council

GMT2000. 31 October 1996

A display is open to the public at Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich until 20 December 1996 (Mon-Fri 11:00 to 20:00; Sat & Sun 10:00-17:00). Closing date for comments is 23 December 1996.

A Millennium Dome which could hold two Wembley Stadiums or thirteen Albert Halls and cover Trafalgar Square is the centre-piece of plans for the Millennium Exhibition in the year 2000.

Over 50 metres in height and with a visitor capacity of 50,000 people, the Millennium Dome forms part of the planning application for the year-long Millennium event on a 130 acre site on London's Greenwich Peninsula submitted today to Greenwich Council by project consultants W S Atkins on behalf of the Exhibition sponsors.

The planning application also includes a Millennium Park, a Meridian Gardens, Exhibition Plaza and performance area, river piers and boat services, a bus/underground transfer station, park and ride services to and from off-site car parks and Jubilee Line underground station on site.

If built, the Millennium Dome will be the largest domed structure of its kind in the world. Designed by a team from architects Richard Rogers Partnership, designers Imagination and engineers Buro Happold, it will house 12 time zones, each containing multi-level pavilions representing a different time zone.

More than twelve million visitors are expected to visit the Exhibition during the Year 2000, with an expected daily attendance of more than 100,000 visitors per day.

The Exhibition will cost £350 million to build--with £200 million already pledged by the Millennium Commission. Millennium Exhibition Chief Executive Barry Hartop said: “There is still a long way to go, but potentially we could have the biggest and best event in the world -- one which will create employment, improve a run-down area of our capital city and encourage new economic investment. An event which will capture the nation's imagination in the same way as Euro'96 -- but on a massive scale.”


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