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20Jan94 UK: TENDER DATE SET FOR DARTFORD WATER PARK.

Tenders are due to go out in May or June for one of the biggest retail projects ever undertaken in the UK - the £500 million Blue Water Park project in Dartford, Kent.The work will be let under a contractual procedure designed specifically for the project. Dartford planners have given the all-clear to the masterplan and work on site is expected to start during the last quarter of 1994 and take 27 months to complete.The shopping centre, promoted by London and General Properties, will be built on about 80 ha of land owned by Blue Circle, and will include £25 million worth of road improvements.The project comprises 150,000 sq m of retail space, 11,600 sq m of leisure facilities and 13,000 parking spaces. The retail element will be made up of three giant department stores, a superstore and 300 shops and other outlets.Also featured are four artificial lakes for water sports, a multiplex cinema, health and fitness centre and floating restaurant. CONSTRUCTION NEWS