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Laing O'Rourke picked for Dubai Expo 2020 development

Laing O’Rourke has been selected for the contract to build the Project Star mixed-use development at the Dubai Expo 2020 site.

Dubai Expo 2020 will take place between October 2020 and April 2021. The Expo site covers a total of 4.4 sq km, including a 200 ha gated area. It is located within the Dubai South District, adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport.

CN’s sister title MEED reported Laing O’Rourke has been picked for the two-stage contract.

Project Star is being developed by the joint venture of Emaar Properties and Dubai World Trade Centre. It includes a retail mall and two hotels and a 216,340 sq m gross floor area.

MEED said the phasing for the project has not been finalised.

It could be delivered in two stages, with the first including a retail mall and one of two Rove-branded hotels.

The second phase would be an expansion to the mall and the second Rove-branded hotel. There will also be a large car park, which is expected to have nearly 8,000 spaces.

JLL is providing project and cost management services for the Emaar/DWTC joint venture, while Singapore’s DP Architects is the concept architect.

Brewer Smith Brewer Gulf is the lead design consultant for the retail mall and Mott MacDonald will be the engineer for the parking and the infrastructure.

In late September, it was revealed that the total value of all contracts and purchase orders for Expo 2020 is approximately AED1.95bn (£440m).

Work on site has so far been limited to earthmoving and foundations work.

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