Opportunities for design in new Dome proposals

Proposals for new uses for the Millennium Dome in London’s Greenwich could spell a second round of design projects at the site. The Government has announced details of the five remaining proposals for future use of the Dome, after the Millennium Experience finishes at the end of this year.

The proposals are Dome Europe – a “world class visitor attraction… for fun, excitement and education”; Greenwich Media World – a provider and showcase for media, digital technology and e-business and a conference centre and tourist destination; Legacy Plc – “a national incubator providing flexible space open and free to the public”; Meridian City – “a work-live-play environment” for creative businesses; and Sports Dome – “the world’s greatest sports experience” providing real and virtual sports facilities, re-theming existing zones, and introducing a sports institute with a 10 000 seat events venue.

The plans were unveiled by Dome Minister Lord Falconer and Regeneration Minister Hilary Armstrong at the opening of three exhibitions around London outlining the bids.

Lord Falconer says: “I’m delighted by the response of the private sector – nationally and internationally – to the sale. Through this competition we will secure a sustainable alternative use for the Dome so that it continues for many years to come.”

The exhibitions – at 110 Buckingham Palace Road, Stratford Picture House and The Forum in Greenwich – run until 24 April. They aim to gain public feedback through a questionnaire at the venues and on-line.

“The Dome’s construction has been the catalyst for the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula. It’s now a national asset and a landmark recognised around the world. Given its importance and potential benefits to the UK, we want to involve people both locally and across the country in the process of deciding its longer-term use,” adds Lord Falconer.

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