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Amec is to develop and construct a £187 million, 65,000-seater stadium which will be the centrepiece of Manchester's bid to hold the Commonwealth Games in 2002.Known as the Manchester Millennium Stadium, it will be built to the same design as the one proposed for the Olympic Games.The new stadium will be scaled down and will have a capacity of 65,000, compared with the 85,000 envisaged for the Olympics.It will be designed by Arup Associates with Sir Norman Foster and Partners carrying out master planning and will be built at the 55 ha Eastlands site near the city centre.This site already houses Britain's first indoor velodrome, which is currently being built by Amec.It will also accommodate a small arena, a sports injury clinic, a retail mall, restaurants and a hotel.The bulk of the £72 million cash needed for the project is expected to be provided through Manchester's bid to the millennium fund and the national lottery.However, £72 million has already been provided for site clearance, the relocation of existing businesses and the construction of the velodrome. The remaining £40 million is likely to come from private sector equity and sponsorship. CONSTRUCTION NEWS