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MASTER STROKE

A polystrene fill material, supplied by Vencil Resil, has been used to plug a black hole at the £46.5 million National Space Science Centre, being built in Leicester by Sir Robert McAlpine.

The material was used in the construction of a 100 m by 80 m concrete floor slab, bridging a gap between the roof of a redundant underground storage tank and a new formation level.

Morrison was the main contractor for the first phase of the scheme. The centre is due to open in spring 2001.