HOK-Arup consortium continues Expo 2020 work
UAE: A consortium made up of HOK and Arup will continue its association with Dubai Expo 2020 from the successful bid phase. Next stage design master planning is well progressed for the host venue, Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali - a 438-hectare site that includes the dedicated gated 150-hectare Dubai Expo 2020 area and an additional surrounding residential, hospitality and logistics zone.
The team of lead architects and urban planners, HOK, with infrastructure experts and engineering partners, Arup, were reportedly selected because of their successful involvement with the master plan during the bid phase and their detailed knowledge of the project, as well as relevant expertise on other mega events internationally.
‘Expos have been home to some of the world’s most landmark structures, from the Crystal Palace in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Dubai is committed to building on this tradition and making the entire site an experiential environment that fully embodies the essence of our theme “connecting minds, creating the future”,” said Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State, managing director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Preparatory Committee and director general of Dubai Expo 2020 Office.
‘The master plan design and execution is driven by a clear vision for its legacy, integrating sustainable urban development with opportunities to foster economic and social development for the emirate, for the country and for our region,’ added His Excellency Helal Almarri, director general, Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing; CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Preparatory Committee member.
The HOK-Arup consortium will support Dubai Expo 2020 in the development of strategic and operational components of the Expo master plan including sustainability practices; development of building, pavilions, urban design and engineering guidelines; spatial planning; public realm and landscaping; graphics and way-finding signage; as well as overlay, event operations and facilities management.
Furthermore, the consortium will assist in transportation and pedestrian modelling; capacity assessment for utilities, infrastructure, security, logistics and environmental design practices as well as detailed integration of the site into the wider Dubai infrastructure. Aligned with the Smart City development priority outlined in the Dubai Vision 2020 mandated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE vice president and prime minister and ruler of Dubai, the Expo site is also being designed to serve as a prototype showcasing cutting edge ICT innovations that can deliver a unique educational and entertainment experience across the entire Expo site and beyond.
‘HOK and our consultants Arup are pleased to re-engage with this landmark project allowing us to continue on the next chapter and help in the development of a master plan that sets new precedents for hosting a global event of this type. Dubai Expo 2020 will ensure the site leaves behind an iconic legacy befitting of this truly generation defining event,’ said Daniel Hajjar, senior vice president, HOK.
The contract tenure for the master planners will run until the completion of all requirements for the mandatory Registration Phase, due to be approved by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), the governing body of the World Expo, by November 2015.