CW Expo Reaction | Expo 2020's 'Smart & Green Belgium 2050'

Patrick Vercauteren Drubbel, commissioner general of Belgium on the one-year delay of the Expo, construction activities

In the latest episode of Construction Week's Expo Reaction series, Patrick Vercauteren Drubbel, the commissioner general of Belgium at Expo 2020 Dubai speaks at-length about the one-year postponement of the World Expo, construction activities at the pavilion, changes in budget, health and safety initiatives, and adopting sustainability.

Like many of the participating nations, Belgium has supported Expo 2020 Dubai’s decision for a year-long postponement, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on global public, social, and economic health.

Vercauteren Drubbel says that the decision to postpone the World Expo was very “progressive”.

“We collectively agreed that the situation became infinitely complex and that there remained no alternative, but to postpone."

Vercauteren Drubbel said that the design of the pavilion compliments the theme “very well”.

A design rendering of the Belgium Pavilion [Image: Supplied]

Vercauteren Drubbel exclaimed: “We are very lucky, because we have secured the best Belgian architects [for the pavilion].” 

Shaped as a green arch, the structure will highlight Belgium’s industrial, technological, and scientific expertise, with its exhibition set to use immersive and participative technology, as well as prospective scenography.

Six Construct is the main contractor of the pavilion, with a joint venture of Belgian contractor BESIX, ASSAR Architects, and Vincent Callebaut acting as the main consultant.

Patrick Vercauteren Drubbel, the commissioner general of Belgium at Expo 2020 Dubai [Image: Supplied]

The Belgian Pavilion will have two 15 metres high green facades. These, according to Drubbel, will bring “colour, freshness, and serenity” to the pavilion. The plot size of the pavilion is 2,400m2, with the country being allowed to build on 1,500m2 area; and the overall built-up area is 6,000m2.

The commissioner general explains: “We are now attempting to procure new additional costs at a lower price, and obtain extra budget.”

For more insights on how Belgium is tackling the delays caused due to the COVID-19 outbreak and more, watch the full video on Construction Week's YouTube channel under Expo Reaction series.

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