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Llewelyn Davies Yeang ditched in Dubai

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

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