It may have taken a media pasting, but it also brought together two of the grandest names in the industry. Sir Robert McAlpine and Laing put aside old rivalries to deliver one of the most technically challenging projects ever built in the UK. The contractors had no frame of reference to draw from. After all, who had ever tried to build a 365 m-diameter, 95 m-high tent on a highly contaminated site in East London? Yet build it they did without so much as a sniff of controversy about the construction. On this mammoth scheme industrial relations disputes and health and safety tragedies were notable only by their absence. And vitally, the scheme, now called The 02, was built both on budget and to the most rigid time frame ? particularly fortunate since millennia only come around once every 1,000 years.