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Baby Dome moves ahead

GREENWICH'S BABY Dome - a temporary arena housing two, 2,500 seat auditoria situated alongside the Millennium Dome itself - received the final go ahead from the London Borough of Greenwich last week.

Designed as a temporary venue that will be dismantled and removed from site at the end of 2001, the 'Baby Dome' will be a rectangular single storey steel portal framed structure measuring 120m by 55m, with a cable stayed roof. Modular temporary seating will be used, with one of the auditoria capable of being extended to 3,000 seats.

From May 1999 to the opening of the Millennium Experience, the structure will be used for exhibition assembly and storage for the main Dome itself. Its two cinemas will host the Film Experience, a 30 minute event 'integral to the Millennium Experience for all visitors'.

Designer is Edwin Shirley Staging in consultation with Richard Rogers Partnership.

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