US firm awarded consultancy contract
- US firm Parsons International awarded Expo consultancy contract
- A detailed masterplan is due to be submitted this year to the Expos organisers
Dubai has awarded US-based Parsons International the contract for infrastructure design and supervision at the Expo 2020 site in the Jebel Ali area.
The Expo site is one of Dubais most high-profile projects at the moment and includes a 1.68-square-kilometre ticketed area.
The masterplan for the site is being prepared by a team of US-based HOK and the UKs Arup, which was appointed in 2014 to develop the preliminary masterplan that the team worked on for the Expo bid. A detailed masterplan is due to be submitted this year to the Expos organisers, the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
When Dubai secured the rights to host the Expo it said it would require 6.5bn ($7.4bn) of investment for development and operational costs until the end of the event.
In November 2014, DWTC appointed a team of US-based CH2M and UK-based Mace Group for the programme management of the real-estate development at the Dubai Trade Centre Jebel Ali development, which includes the site that will be used for the 2020 Expo.