A joint venture of Mace and Jacobs has been appointed as the UK government’s delivery partner for the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Expo 2020 Dubai, which will run for six months from 20 October 2020, is likely to attract 25 million visitors, of which 70% are expected from outside the UAE.
Over 200 participants, including countries, multilateral organisations, corporations and educational institutions, are expected to participate in the event.
In October 2017, UK Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox had announced that the theme for the UK’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai would be ‘Global Britain – Innovating for a Shared Future’.
Mace and Jacobs will act as the delivery partner for the Department for International Trade (DIT), and manage the design, procurement and construction of the pavilion in the run up to the opening of the Expo in October 2020.
DIT UK Commissioner General Laura Faulkner said: “We’re very excited to be working with Mace to deliver the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
“The legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games continues to perpetuate with top UK companies such as Mace building on their world-class project delivery reputation to support the delivery of a priority UK project, UK at Expo 2020 Dubai.”
Earlier, Mace provided project management services for the ‘Seed Cathedral’, which was designed by Thomas Heatherwick as the UK’s Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
Currently, the Mace/Jacobs joint venture is also providing design, construction and operations management for the wider Expo 2020 Dubai host site.
Mace, which was appointed to Expo 2020 in 2014, currently has more than 80 employees working on the programme from its regional hub office in Dubai.
Mace COO for consultancy Jason Millett said: “We’re honoured that the Department for International Trade has put its faith in us to deliver this hugely symbolic project on behalf of the UK.
“Mace’s involvement in 2010’s ‘Seed Cathedral’ in Shanghai was a landmark moment for the company, so it’s tremendously gratifying to be given the chance to deliver a second iconic pavilion for the UK.”