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Weston Williamson triumphs in Dubai Expo metro contest

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A team featuring Weston Williamson has been chosen for a new £2.2 billion metro route serving the Dubai 2020 Expo

The London-practice – along with global engineer CH2M – is understood to have supported the Expolink consortium chosen for the 15-kilometre project last month.

The French, Spanish and Turkish Expolink team – featuring Alstom, Acciona and Gulermack – was chosen ahead of ten rival bids for the prestigious project connecting Nakheel Harbour & Tower with the world’s fair site.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai – announced the trio’s appointment to the RTA-backed ’Route 2020’ project last month.

Planned to complete in 2020, the extension to Dubai’s Red Line includes an 11.8 km viaduct and 3.2 km of underground track.

The route – serving The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates and Dubai Investment Park – will feature seven new stations.

An interchange station with the Red Line and a dramatic wing-shaped terminus at the expo site (pictured) will also be delivered.

Located a short distance from Al Maktoum Airport, the Dubai 2020 Expo site is expected to host more than 25 million visitors and feature pavilions representing 180 countries.

Host nation pavilions for the Dubai 2020 universal exposition by Foster + Partners, BIG and Grimshaw were revealed in March.

Alstom will supply 50 trains for the project while Acciona and Gulermack will focus on civil works. It is thought Weston Williamson will subcontract with CH2M and local firms for the delivery.

Weston Williamson’s involvement in the winning bid – along with that of CH2M – has yet to be confirmed.

The rival teams’ architects are furthermore unknown.

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