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FIRM GRABS SHARE OF pounds 113m PROJECT; Hi-tech HQ marks the millennium.

By RICHARD EWING

A DEAL worth pounds 60million to design and build one of the UK's leading millennium projects has been clinched by a Leamington-based civil engineering and construction company.

Christiani & Nielsen will help transform a derelict brownfield site in Birmingham into an interactive technology museum and innovation centre.

The pounds 113millionMillennium Point scheme planned for a 12-acre site includes landscaped gardens and a magnificent piazza.

Christiani & Nielsen, of Athena Drive, Tachbrook Park, will share the huge contract with Wolvey-based construction company Galliford UK.

More than 500 jobs will be created during the construction phase. When it's finished 500 people will be employed at Millennium Point and a further 3,000 jobs created through spin-off activities in the region.

Work will start almost immediately on the Digbeth site. The doors should open to the public in September 2001.

Andrew Pearson, spokesman for the two firms, said: ''We will combine our extensive experience. We will be applying to the Movement for Innovation to become a demonstration project.''

Millennium Trust chairman Peter Rigby said that Millennium Point, being built on a site which previously housed a goods yards, was one of only three UK projects awarded a maximum pounds 50 million grant by the Millennium Commission.
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Date:Apr 9, 1999
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