Rise and shine - Cover Story

The rising sons of innovation breathe new life into an iconic London landmark. By Mike Richardson.

The Millennium Dome once attracted derision over its size and purpose. Now reborn and renamed the O2 Arena, a bright new dawn beckons as an entertainment venue with innovations that literally raise the roof! Positioned as one of Europe’s most exciting entertainment venues, the O2 Arena boasts a state of the art technology package, including Europe’s first custom built digital cinema, rfid based venue management and a converged IP network and enterprise IT solutions to power the entire campus, enabling it to evolve and meet future needs. With a £600million refit, the iconic London landmark has gone from Dome doom to O2 ovation, overcoming the negative criticism that has dogged the venue since its construction began in the mid 1990s.