The UK’s Department for International Trade has tasked independent environmental consultancy Resource Futures to explore decommissioning possibilities for the country’s Expo 2020 pavilion.
Resource Futures, with a team that includes Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and Victoria Bond Consulting, will assess the future of the UK Pavilion post event.
The centrepiece of the design will be a 20-metre-high cone-shaped, cross laminated timber construction, which will be the focus of the UK’s presence at the international exhibition from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.
Expo 2020’s target is for the site to be restored post event, and for each country to redeploy, recycle, or return 75% of pavilion construction materials back to the manufacturer.
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.”
Pico International has been awarded the Construction contract for the UK Pavilion, working with their sub-contractor, McLaren.
The UK Pavilion is inspired by a project from the late scientist Stephen Hawking, in which he pondered how humanity could express itself to an extraterrestrial civilisation.
The pavilion will offer an awe-inspiring glimpse into the future, exploring everything from the commercialisation of space to creating exoskeletons for the disabled.
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.”