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Consortia unveil hot and cold proposals for Dome re-use

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A Mediterranean-style city and a winter-sports centre are among nine proposals for the re-use of the Millennium Dome which went on public display in a very brief public-consultation exercise last week. Exhibitions opened in east London last Friday, and comments are due by tomorrow, 19 November.

Consortia were challenged to find long-term sustainable uses for the dome and its surroundings which are financially attractive, innovative and culturally significant.

International Merchandise and Culture Centre is a 'global one-stop centre' for exchange of goods, services, culture and knowledge, which would act as a catalyst for a new town on the Greenwich peninsula.

iCAN puts a concrete convention hall within the dome, with a roof which could open up to reveal the dome interior.

Legacy uses the dome's microclimate to create a miniature city within the dome based on town-planning principles from hotter climates.

City for the Future would redevelop the dome interior as an attraction driven by entertainment and cutting-edge technology.

Virtual World envisages turning the dome interior into a series of interconnected nation villages to display and demonstrate innovations and products.

Our World would put themed retail into the dome alongside educational exhibits with emphasis on creating a healthier population.

Greenwich Media World uses the dome to house an interactive environment dealing with communications, spawning commericial growth.

Snow Valley reconfigures the dome to house a stadium, a NASA Space Camp and a series of water features, while building a 'Snow Valley' winter- sports complex alongside it.

Sports Dome could house events up to Olympic standard. It would include a 22,000-seat stadium.

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