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Construction of the steel skeleton of the Body Zone at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich is under way this month. The 'educational but fun' reclining female figure measures 64m from elbow to foot and 27m from the ground to the top of the head. It is expected to have 4,000 visitors walking through it every hour when the Dome opens on New Year's Eve. Work will start next month to spray 3,500m2 of glass fibre reinforced cement over a mesh to provide 'skin' for the figure. The external structure is designed by Nigel Coates of Branson Coates Architecture. Main contractor is McAlpine/Laing.

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