Bidding to reopen for Dome control

The bidding process to determine who takes over the Millennium Dome has started from scratch after talks between Legacy and the Government failed.

The bidding process to determine who takes over the Millennium Dome has started from scratch after talks between Legacy and the Government failed.

The move paves the way for a bid from the former chief executive of the Dome, Pierre Yves-Gerbeau. He wants to transform the Dome into a 50,000-seat concert and sporting venue and is backed by a consortium that includes James Palumbo of the Ministry of Sound.

Other possible contenders include a consortium of four property companies, which includes the Duke of Westminster's company Grosvenor.

English Partnerships (EP), which is in charge of the sale, could not confirm the identity of bidders or how many had showed interest.

'We are reviewing the bidding process and what rules and regulations are needed for it,' said EP head of communications Alison Porter. A final decision is expected soon.

Management of the Dome is to be handed over to EP from the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) by the end of June.

The NMEC has dismissed speculation that the Dome could be turned into a venue for pop concerts or a temporary warehouse during the search for a new owner.




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