LC & Partners provides project management services for 12 pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai


UAE and Milan-based project management and engineering firm LC & Partners marks the completion of 12 pavilions at EXPO 2020 for which the company provided a variety of services including design management , procurement assistance, project management, construction management, works supervision, and ongoing management of facilities and logistics.

The Netherlands, Peru, the Philippines and Mexico were complete design and build projects, with LC&P handling the entire construction process from design phase to delivery and beyond, while those from Italy, Sweden, Chile and Greece were hull designs provided by participating countries.

The company also provided project control services to contractor ARCO Turnkey Contracting for the pavilions in Angola and Lithuania.

LC&P also participated in the construction of a 10-meter high internal digital water curtain in the DP World pavilion, fully interfaced with the pavilion’s audiovisual system, to match the operators’ shows, in close collaboration with the Italian supplier specialized Watercube.

One of LC & P’s initial submissions came from Sweden, a 25,000 square foot (approx) pavilion designed by Allesandro Ripellino Arkitekter, with local support from Dawson Architects, with a strong emphasis on sustainability. The entire structure is made of 1,300 tons of structural timber and is inspired by the metaphor of the forest, a key element being a free ground floor allowing visitors to walk through a wooded environment, reflecting the large Swedish spaces.

The Netherlands Pavilion also focuses on sustainability, its central feature being an 18-meter-high vertical cone-shaped form, a biotope made of steel and covered with edible plants, essentially a miniature world where the climate is naturally controlled. . The water, energy and food sectors are strongly linked to present unique integrated solutions that create a more sustainable world. The pavilion is built entirely of steel, without the use of concrete, even for foundation work.

All building materials were sourced locally and most of them will be returned to the supplier at the end of the Expo2020 event. LC&P has demonstrated highly effective construction and project management skills and capabilities throughout the two-year schedule to build such an unconventional and “first of its kind” building for the UAE market.

As a company originally founded in Milan by an Italian CEO, Lorenzo Candelpergher, it was a convenient choice for the Italian pavilion commissioner. The LC&P team provided the full range of project management services, including on-going facilities management and logistics to support an evolving event and exhibition program for the pavilion.

Located in the sustainability district of the EXPO site, the pavilion is an imposing 25-meter-high structure whose roof is made up of three inverted shells representing the three colors of the Italian flag. The concept of the pavilion is a hub of innovation including a gallery of 260 square meters, an academy of 83 square meters and a central studio of 48 square meters, all spaces designed to accommodate the edutainment program of the pavilion, the functions sales, training and cultural presentations. A central attraction is an exact-scale replica of Michelangelo’s David, a 6-meter-high 3D printed sculpture, an imposing element in the pavilion’s central exhibition area.

Lorenzo Candelpergher, CEO of LC & Partners

Lorenzo Candélpergher, CEO of LC & Partners, comments: “It has been an honor to work with, and in many cases to continue to support, such a diverse range of countries and memories to interpret and deliver their respective visions. The challenges of time constraints, coupled with COVID 19 restrictions were realities of the job at hand, but thanks to our professional team and our reliable and trusted network of suppliers and consultants, we were able to meet turnaround times and exceed expectations.

“The next challenge will be to dismantle some of the pavilions so that they can be reused in different forms and in other environments. The “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle applied at the Swedish Pavilion is the ultimate sustainability initiative and we are very happy to play a key role in this effort. With the EXPO 2020 experience now in our DNA, we now envision Osaka 2025 and the new growth opportunities it will bring now that we have a proven track record in delivering these unique and original projects. “

LC & Partners was established in Italy in 2004 and set up Middle East offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat between 2009 and 2015, from where the company completed projects in a plethora of sectors, including commercial residential and private, hospitality, industry, aviation and infrastructure.


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