Llewelyn Davies Yeang (LDY) has been dropped as lead architect from one of the largest transportation projects in the world.
The AJ has learnt that the London-based practice, which was appointed to design 30 stations for the new £1.86 billion light rail system in Dubai, will now be replaced by local architects.
The news comes less than five months after LDY celebrated its appointment as a 'key member' of the Japanese-led Dubai Rapid Link consortium.
Had the practice been kept on the scheme, LDY would have worked alongside project manager Capita Symonds and tunnelling expert KBR on the state-of-the-art, driverless metro system.
The first phase of the project, which is expected to be completed within five years, will be a 32.5-mile link between Rashidiya and the industrial zone of Jebel Ali.
LDY refused to comment. by Richard Waite