Danish Business Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is 30% complete

EXCLUSIVE: Jens Lund, pavilion director of the Danish Business Pavilion, updates CW on the G+1 storey structure's construction

The pavilion will feature a replica of the Round Tower of Copenhagen — Rundetaarn.
Supplied by Danish Business Pavilion
The pavilion will feature a replica of the Round Tower of Copenhagen — Rundetaarn.

Expo 2020 Dubai’s Danish Business Pavilion, which is being constructed within the World Expo’s Mobility District is 30% complete, Jens Lund, the pavilion director told Construction Week in an exclusive interview.

Despite the fact that Denmark was late in marking its participation at the World Expo, and only broke ground for the 100% sustainable structure in December 2019, construction activities are “on-track”, Lund confirmed to Construction Week.

“Denmark was not a part of the Expo 2015 in Milan, but we participated in the Expo in 2010 in Shanghai. There is a lack of understanding in some countries about the benefits and the value of showcasing, what a country is capable of — both in human capacity and in products and services. That has not been shared enough in a place like Denmark and that’s why it was late,”    

Lund said: “We will hit the target by the end of September to create a weather-proof building.”

Earlier this year, Jan Bak, the deputy pavilion director, spoke at length to Construction Week about the design, construction, materials, and post-expo use of the Danish Business Pavilion.

Dubai-based Madison Group is responsible for the design, construction, operation, dismantling, and re-erection of the Danish Business Pavilion.

Meanwhile, India and UAE-based Power Shield Engineering is the main contractor of the pavilion.

TSSC Group is the super structure contractor, while Skasz Technical Services is the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) and fit-out contractor for the modular building.

Meanwhile, MGC is the architect of record, project manager, and cost consultant of the Danish Business Pavilion.

On 29 May, 2020 the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) formally approved the year-long postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai, touted as the — world’s greatest show — with the dates having officially changed to 1 October, 2021 to 31 March, 2022.

The global event will keep the name “Expo 2020 Dubai”, despite the date change.

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