Update: Expo 2020 site works, theme districts progressing

Construction on the three Theme Districts is advancing with foundation works complete and building structure continuing to rise, Expo 2020 said in a recent update

2,926 Expo contracts have been awarded so far.
2,926 Expo contracts have been awarded so far.

Construction on the three Theme Districts is advancing with foundation works complete and building structure continuing to rise, Expo 2020 said in a recent update.

More than 14.5 million work hours have been completed so far at the Expo 2020 site, with 6,100 cubic metres of concrete being laid per week, and 85 km of pipe set for site infrastructure works, according to a statement by Expo 2020 Dubai.

All major design elements have completed, with Al Wasl Plaza, a 150-metre wide, 67.5-metre tall domed space, the last to be designed.

Development on the three theme districts, led by Al Futtaim Carillion, is progressing with external cladding work to be completed by the end of this year.   

Construction works on the Sustainability Pavilion, which was unveiled in January 2017 and designed by Grimshaw Architects, is underway and due to be completed by October 2019.

Expo 2020 Dubai awarded $2.9bn (AED10.8bn) of Expo construction contracts and $112m (AED411m) of non-construction contracts awarded in 2017.

Overall, 2,926 contracts have been awarded so far, with SMEs continuing to be a priority, winning 1,645 of these contracts. Expo will dedicate 20% of its direct and indirect spend to be awarded to SMEs.

Additionally, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced last month that two contracts have been awarded to implement Phases 1 and 2 of the Expo Roads Improvement project.

Worth approximately $370.3m (AED1.36bn), the contracts will ensure that the project meets its aim of providing smooth traffic flow for Expo visitors, as well as future developments in the area.

Both phases include the improvement of the Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road at the intersection with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, as well as the construction of bridges – to and from the expo yard – on the latter road.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the Expo’s official sustainable energy partner, has also completed the first out of three 132/11 kV main substations for the event.

The authority completed Mobility in January 2018 and has announced that it will complete the remaining two stations in February 2018.

Mobility is one of the substations responsible for generating electricity for the Expo 2020 Dubai, along with Sustainability and Opportunity, which are currently under construction. 

All three substations, named after the three subthemes of the Expo, are being built at a total cost of $114m (AED420m).

UK-headquartered contractor, Laing O'Rourke, was awarded two construction contracts by Expo 2020 Dubai in January. 

The deals, which have a combined value of $182.4m (AED670m), will see the international contractor deliver Expo 2020 Dubai's Leadership and Media Pavilions, as well as its 'Hammerhead' road, plus landscaping elements. 

Laing O'Rourke will also provide associated mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) services through the contracts.

Expo 2020 Dubai's Leadership Pavilion will host UAE leadership during the mega event.

Post 2020, plans for how the expo's site will be reused following the conclusion of the world’s fair were revealed in September 2017. 

Located in Dubai South, the District 2020 legacy megaproject will feature 135,000m2 of commercial space, 65,000m2 of residential space, 45,900m2 of parkland, and 10km of cycling tracks.

District 2020 will include 65,000 square metres of residential space and 135,000 square metres of commercial space of educational, cultural, and entertainment facilities, as well as a conference and exhibition centre.

Two of the Expo’s Official Premier Partners, Accenture and Siemens, have already committed to the legacy of Expo 2020, signing on District 2020.

Siemens will move its global logistics headquarters to the Expo site and Accenture will open a Digital Hub in District 2020.

The Sustainability Pavilion will become a children and science centre as part of the legacy project.

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