The Millennium Exhibition’s design team is determined that the big event will not be constipated by lack of funding.
Richard Rogers Partnership’s Mike Davies, however, is focused on convenience, as press were told at a recent conference.
“Mike has made it clear what his main priority is,” announced operating company Millennium Central’s Barry Hartop, waving a hand towards Davies – who should have blushed to match his bright red outfit.
Hartop told assembled journalists how Davies insisted on designing toilets right in front of the coach park.
Davies is haunted by the nightmare of the Atlanta Olympic games. “It was such a shambles, the facilities were terrible. What’s the first thing you think of when you finish a long coach ride? You want a pee.”
A panel spokesman whispers that there will be twice as many female toilets as male, but refuses to gush about the subject.
And Davies, when asked how many people will be ac-commode-ated at once, replied “forty or fifty thousand, of course”. Surely he’s referring to the event’s total visitor capacity?