Bristol Company Wins DIT Contract

A Bristol company has won a contract to consult on the decommissioning of the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai by the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Resource Futures with a team that includes Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and Victoria Bond Consulting, will assess the future of the UK Pavilion after the end of the event.

The centrepiece of the design will be a 20-metre-high cone-shaped, cross laminated timber (CLT) construction, which will be part of the UK’s presence at the international exhibition from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.

Resource Futures will also provide a framework for future decommissions where options can be scored against metrics including carbon savings, legacy, ease of logistics and cost to help assess future concepts.

 Allan Sandilands, principal consultant at Resource Futures, said: "The UK at Expo 2020 Dubai project team are an exemplar in terms of valuing deconstruction as much as construction itself, setting the example for the construction industry on an international stage.

"Far too often, decommissioning and end of life is an after-thought which results in unnecessary wastage and missed opportunities. We look forward to helping to develop a strategic, sustainable outcome for the decommissioning of the UK Pavilion."

Laura Faulkner, UK commissioner and project director for Expo 2020 Dubai, said: "Delivering a strong legacy for the UK’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai is an integral part of the project.

"As a nation, we are at the forefront of sustainable construction techniques and so I am delighted to be working with Resource Futures on the physical legacy of the UK Pavilion.

"Their expertise and proposed solutions will feed into our overarching legacy ambitions, including digital, business and cultural benefits as a result of the UK’s participation in this major world event." 


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