Expo 2020 Dubai's UK Pavilion picks consortium for legacy phase

Resource Futures will work with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and Victoria Bond Consulting to recycle materials

Expo 2020 Dubai's UK Pavilion.
Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 Dubai's UK Pavilion.

The UK’s Department for International Trade has appointed Glasgow-based environment consultancy Resource Futures to study decommissioning options for the Stephen Hawking-inspired and Es Devlin OBE-designed UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, with the team also comprising Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and Victoria Bond Consulting. 

The Opportunity District structure – which McLaren Construction and Pico are building at the 4.38km2 expo site — will be produced by brand experience agency Avantgarde.

In a statement on its website, Resource Futures said that the consortium would access the future of the 20m-high cone-shaped structure post the World Expo and ensure that majority of the materials used to construct the pavilion were recycled in line with the expo's objective to reuse, recycle, or return 75% of its structures' building materials.

According to the company, the decommissioning activities will be based on four metrics, including carbon savings, legacy, ease of logistics, and cost to help assess future concepts.

Speaking at the company’s appointment, principal consultant at Resource Futures, Allan Sandilands, said: “The UK at Expo 2020 Dubai project team is exemplar in terms of valuing deconstruction as much as construction itself, setting the example for the industry on an international stage.”

UK Commissioner and project director for Expo 2020 Dubai, Laura Faulkner, added: “Delivering a strong legacy for the UK’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai is an integral part of the project.”

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