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7. Lowry Centre, Salford, £96.4M

There will be double celebrations in Salford on New Year's Eve 1999, with the official opening of the Lowry Centre timed to coincide with the end of the century.

Construction, by Bovis, is bang on schedule, with piling complete and the structure due to start coming out of the ground next month. Engineer for the project is Buro Happold, with project management by Gleeds and site supervision by Allott & Lomax. Architect is Michael Wilford &

Partners.

Funding is all in place. The Lowry Centre's £96.4M project cost makes it one of the 10 biggest projects that the Millennium Commission is supporting. In fact the centre appears on three lottery distributors' lists, with the Heritage Lottery Fund putting up £7.65M, the Millennium Commission £15.65M, and the Arts Council £41.1M.

The centre will include a 1,650 seat theatre, due to stage its first performances in late summer 2000.

It will also include an art gallery housing the works of LS Lowry, a children's gallery and a virtual reality centre.

The development also includes a new footbridge and a plaza.

LR

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