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KEEP THE BALL ROLLING

Construction of the dramatic £50M headquarters of the Greater London Authority continues apace, with the works now at the halfway stage. Work began in May 2000, with the foundations completed in a 5,000t concrete pour one Sunday in July. The two central cores were completed earlier this year. The structure should be topped out by the end of April, and the building remains on schedule for completion in spring 2002. The 42m tall landmark building will have a distinctive spherical shape, clad with a bespoke steel and glass facade.

Inside, it will house the mayor, 25 assembly members, up to 400 staff and a 250-seat assembly chamber. Structural engineer is Ove Arup and construction manager is Mace.

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