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Mace and its joint venture partner Jacobs has been appointed as the delivery partner for the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. As per the terms of the deal, Mace and Jacobs will function as the Department for International Trade’s delivery partner and will be responsible for managing design, procurement and construction of the pavilion.
Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, announced in October 2017 that the theme for the UK pavilion will be ‘Global Britain – Innovating for a Shared Future’.
“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. The UK presence in Dubai promises to be award-winning and world class and we’re pleased to be working with Mace on this incredible project,” said Laura Faulkner OBE, UK commissioner general, Department for International Trade.
The Mace-Jacobs JV is also in the process of delivering design, construction and operations management for the Expo 2020 Dubai host site. Mace won the contract in 2014 and is now said to have more than 80 staff working on the programme from its office in Dubai, according to a statement from Mace.
Jason Millett, COO for Consultancy at Mace added, “We’re honored that the Department for International Trade has put its faith in us to deliver this hugely symbolic project on behalf of the UK.”
Mace previously provided project management services for the ‘Seed Cathedral’, designed by Thomas Heatherwick as the UK’s Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
“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. The department is doing vital work strengthening our economic relationships across the world and preparing for Britain’s future outside of the EU, and we’re very proud to be supporting that effort,” added Millett.