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Llewelyn Davies Yeang ditched in Dubai

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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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