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Europe's second largest tented structure after the Millennium Dome is due for completion next month, providing partial covering for a new retail outlet in Ashford, Kent. Constructed on reclaimed ground and covering an area of 18,600m2, the development will house 100 retail units. The 30,000m2 canopy is supported by 25 masts, each 25m high. The contractor on the £22m project is Galliford, working for developer BAA McAurtherGlen. The engineer is Beattie Watkinson and the architect Abbey Hanson Rowe working with Lord Richard Rogers.

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