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Work begins on the Greenwich Millennium Site

Monday 22 July 1996

An exciting new chapter in the history of the Greenwich Peninsula began today as British Gas started work to prepare its Greenwich site to host the Millennium Exhibition.

The Rt Hon Michael Heseltine MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Millennium Commissioner, was present at the start of the clean up of the Exhibition site which forms the northern part of the 3000-acre former gasworks on the East Greenwich Peninsula.

The full 15 million cost of this statutory work is part of the significant contribution British Gas is making to the Millennium Exhibition--which includes a 20 million contribution to the infrastructure cost of the new Jubilee Line and the provision of the site rent free as well as planning, staff and other costs.

The preparatory remedial work will continue in tandem with the development of the Exhibition itself which will be completed by the summer of 1999. Located between Canary Wharf and the Thames Flood Barrier with over a mile of prime riverfront, the site has a strong symbolic claim to the Exhibition--being crossed by the meridian line, the imaginary line running through the Greenwich Observatory from which Greenwich Mean Time is taken.

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