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Allies and Morrison to please Greenwich stargazers - images

Allies and Morrison has designed this new planetarium for London's famous Greenwich Royal Observatory.

The scheme has just picked up £3 million of crucial cash to ensure that it will be finished on time in spring 2007.

Allies and Morrison's planetarium - part of a wider £15 million development - will be clad in bronze, while the geometry of the building reflects 'basic astronomical ideas'. The 120-seat facility will be tilted at 51.5° so that it points towards the North Star.

The overall redevelopment of the Royal Observatory will include new galleries, a new science and astronomy education centre, and the planetarium.

The observatory has claimed that its plans will double the areas open to the public when they are complete.

by Rob Sharp

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