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* Shopping complex to open in Sri Lanka's old Colombo Racecourse Grounds
Mon, Oct 15, 2012, 10:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 15, Colombo: Following the success of converting the Old Dutch Hospital in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo to a popular shopping center, the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development has built a new shopping complex at the old Racecourse Grounds in Colombo.

Secretary of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will declare open the new shopping complex built in the old building of old Colombo Racecourse on October 20.

The old Race Course buildings have been renovated preserving their historical value and the colonial architecture under expert architectural design.

Two historic pavilions of the old racecourse built by the British during their occupation of the country have been utilized for this project.

The spacious high ceiling building houses supermarkets, restaurants and office space.

Ministry of Defence and Urban Development completed the project at a cost of 125 million rupees using the labor force of the Army.

The Colombo Racecourse ground has been developed as the country's first international rugby stadium. The premise is now equipped with the latest facilities for international rugby, including a state-of-the art gymnasium, changing rooms and media rooms, and a jogging track encircling the grounds.

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