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Government shortlists six for the Dome of the future

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The government has shortlisted six consortia in its competition for the re-use of the Dome - and revealed the previously secret identities of the teams behind the proposals.

The six are:

The Benoy-designed 'City of the Future' (pictured below) in a team led by South Africa's Monex and mepc, a theme park centred on the use of technology.

'Dome Europe' promoted by Nomura Principal Finance Group, designed by smc Group with Fitch & Company, which would become 'an innovative leisure, business and technology destination for Europe'.

Greenwich Media World, masterplanned by Derek Lovejoy Partnership for a team lead by Pell Frischmann and with Tussauds as operator. This scheme develops the 50ha of surrounding land to include a convention centre and science and technology park, while turning the Dome itself into 'Media City'.

Malaysian partners Country Heights Holdings Berhad and Sunrise Berhad's proposed International Merchandise and Culture Centre designed by hok, which would make the dome a global one-stop shop and turn the surrounding area into 'Meridian City'.

Lifschutz Davidson's design of Legacy plc which would focus on workspaces but include some residential components within the dome. Leader of this consortium is Robert Bourne.

Sports Dome 2001 for a team led by Chelsfield with Devereux Earle as initial architect, which would provide 'The World's Greatest Sport Experience' including a 22,000 seat arena and a surrounding sports-oriented 'Peninsula City'.

The government said that all the shortlisted bids meet its design and financial criteria, and that it expects to announce a winner in the summer.

Ruth Slavid

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