UK-based Laing O’Rourke has won two construction contracts worth AED670m ($182.4m) from Expo 2020 Dubai to build two pavilions and an access road.
Under the terms of the contracts, Laing O’Rourke will build the Expo’s Leadership and Media pavilions; and the ‘Hammerhead’ access road to the Al Wasl Plaza.
The company will also take up the mechanical, plumbing and engineering works associated with the projects.
The Al Wasl Plaza will have a diameter of 150m and form the centrepiece of the 4.38m2 Expo 2020 site. The contract for plaza’s steel trellis dome was awarded to Cimolei Rimond ME in November 2017.
Work on the Expo’s three themed districts, representing sustainability, opportunity and mobility, is already underway by Al Futtaim Carillion, whose UK partner Carillion collapsed last week.
After the Expo, the Leadership and Media pavilions will be transformed into hotels as part of the Expo’s District 2020 legacy development project. During the Expo, the Leadership Pavilion will be used to accommodate UAE leaders.
The ‘Hammerhead’ access road, designed by California-based Parsons, will feature a ramped access road to the Expo’s truck tunnel that will run beneath Al Wasl Plaza.
Laing O’Rourke is scheduled to begin work on 28 January 2018, with shell-and-core construction on site scheduled to be finished by October 2019, a year before the beginning of the Expo on 20 October 2020.
Expo 2020 senior vice-president of real estate and delivery Ahmed Al Khatib said: “We are on track to deliver an exceptional site for an amazing Expo.
“We are delighted to announce Laing O’Rourke as the main contractor for these important two contracts.”
Laing O’Rourke CEO Ray O’Rourke said: “We are committed to local employment in the region, and innovation, through our approach to offsite manufacturing, building on the knowledge and experience we have gained in the Emirates over the past decade.”