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Search launched for Shanghai Expo UK pavilion design team

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched the search for a team to design and construct the UK's pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

Expected to welcome more than 50,000 visitors a day, it is hoped the £10 million pavilion building will be a 'stunning and memorable' showcase for the UK at the heart of the massive global exhibition.

The theme of the expo, which will be four times bigger than the last world fair in Japan two years ago, is 'Better City - Better Life', and will focus on 'core messages' such as sustainable development, urban regeneration and climate security.

After judging the initial submissions, six shortlisted, multi-disciplinary teams will be asked to draw up 'formal proposals'.

According to the OJEU notice advertised today, the winning team 'is likely to include architectural/design and curatorial expertise, and will [be expected to] work closely with the FCO and its public-private partners.'

The very first expo, the Great Exhibition, was held in the UK in 1851. Since then the exhibitions have become synonymous with world-class and often groundbreaking architecture.

The deadline for entrants is 30 March 2006.

For more information see www.ted.europa.eu (2007/S 36-044249) or www.malcolmreading.co.uk/shanghai/FCOShanghaiExpo2010PQQ.pdf

by Richard Waite

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