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Laing out of the race for Dome

ONE OF the original builders of the Millennium Dome is out of the race to construct a £100 million entertainment arena on the south London site.

Insiders said Laing O'Rourke - which formed a joint venture with Sir Robert McAlpine to build the Dome in 1997 - is out of the running to build the 26,000 capacity arena under the main Dome's canopy for entertainment giant Anschutz Entertainment Group Europe.

But Sir Robert McAlpine is still in contention for the deal and will battle it out with Multiplex.

One source added that the client was due to choose a winner for the job in June.

The Dome Arena is a key feature of the masterplan for the £4 billion regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula put together by architect Terry Farrell.