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Millennium Stadium resorts to hand-cranking problem roof

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The operator of Cardiff 's Millennium Stadium, the Welsh Rugby Union, has this week resorted to hand-cranking the venue's retractable roof open and closed after it broke down last month.

Representatives from the two-year-old stadium's original design and construction team have been working with stadium staff to fix the roof with little success. The roof, which takes 30 minutes to open by hand, has reportedly been open for the past month. The pitch is being relaid ahead of the FA Cup Final at the venue on 12 May.

The stadium was designed by HOK & Lobb Sports Architecture with contractor John Laing Construction and structural engineer WS Atkins.

Italian firm Cimolai was the subcontractor for the fabrication and assembly of the 8,000 tonne structure with Kelsey Roofing Industries responsible for its installation.

A stadium spokesman said the cause of the roof 's failure was yet to be determined.

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