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Tenders are being invited for construction of Dublin's 48,000-seat Lansdowne Road Stadium after planning permission was granted last month. A planning requirement to maintain high levels of light for houses neighbouring the home of Irish rugby means that the stadium will have an unusual swooping rooine. The seating bowl is three tiers high on three sides, but has only a single tier on the fourth side. The irregular geometry fiadded complexity and interestfl to design of the roof's steel truss and to the geometric puzzle of cladding it with its shimmering polycarbonate skin, said Fergus McCormick, an associate at structural engineer for the project, Buro Happold.

Architect is HOK Sport.

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