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Around 55,000 people will visit the Millennium Dome a day in peak periods, and spend about five hours there. The organisers are classifying visitors as 'paddlers' - spending 10 minutes at a zone, 'divers' - 40 minutes, and 'swimmers' - somewhere in between.

A 74.5m-span portal frame, believed to be the biggest of its kind in the UK, has gone up at Southern Water's Weatherlees Hill Waterworks. The frame, by Oscar Faber, contractor TJ Brent and Astron, has 16 columns and ground beams which take a horizontal force of 170kN.

An average 30 year old has spent five months, 22 days, 18 hours and 33 minutes watching England lose at sport, says The Sun.

The UK market for tilt-up concrete, using horizontal casting of panels, is estimated at 14 million m2 of new construction a year according to the the Reinforced Concrete Council.

adds it the US forms 58 million m2 of new construction, almost double that of four years ago.

. Of 2000 bottle kilns in the Potteries in 1950, around 50 survive today, says The Times.

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