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9=. Odyssey project, Belfast, £90M

Ulster's £90M Odyssey leisure, retail and science centre project is still in the hands of the architect Consarc Design Group which has pared costs down from £100M since the scheme got the go ahead last summer.

Odyssey's backers are tight lipped about how much funding it has to match the £45M grant from the Millennium Commission although promoter Ulster Museum has said it is getting £15M from the Sheridan leisure group.

Located by the Lagan river in Belfast, the project shares many of the characteristics of other large city centre millennium schemes. It will include a science centre with interactive themed exhibits focusing on Northern Ireland's technological achievements.

The project will also have an IMAX 360 cinema with an 18m high screen, plus a multi-screen cinema complex and an indoor arena with variable seating configurations for ice hockey and rock concerts.

Construction work has still to go out to tender, but is expected to be timed for a phased completion during 2000.

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