Media Release

6 November 2008

Bovis Lend Lease to Build Australian Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010

Bovis Lend Lease, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lend Lease Group, has won a public tender to provide construction, exhibition and technical operations services worth $49.15 million for Australia’s pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

The Shanghai World Expo 2010 will be the biggest expo in history, with over 200 participating countries and organisations and seventy million visitors expected over six months. It is an unprecedented opportunity for Australia to reinforce existing bilateral links and cultivate new areas of cooperation with China.

The award of this contract marks an important milestone for the project. The Australian Pavilion is going to be a compelling platform from which to raise Australia’s profile in the China market, showcase Australian innovation and design expertise, and support Australia’s broader trade and investment interests in China.

Bovis Lend Lease, which has 15 years experience in China and is a registered Class 3 General Contractor for construction services in China, will team with Melbourne exhibition designer Think!OTS and a range of other leading companies in delivering the project.

Australia’s striking pavilion was designed by Melbourne architects Wood Marsh in conjunction with Think!OTS. The parliamentary Public Works Committee approved the construction plans in September 2008. The pavilion will be built on a 4800 square metre site in the centre of the expo and is expected to attract some seven million visitors over the six months of the expo.

The pavilion’s exhibitions will both entertain visitors and project a clear image of contemporary Australia as a country with a sophisticated modern economy, a skilled workforce, and a culturally diverse society. Consistent with the expo theme of ‘Better City, Better Life’, Australia’s participation will promote Australia’s cities, which are consistently ranked amongst the most liveable in the world, as great places in which to study, live and work.

The Shanghai World Expo 2010 provides a wealth of opportunities for Australian business. Companies will be able to participate in a structured program of trade and investment promotion activities, including trade missions, targeted business networking events and sectoral promotions in the pavilion’s VIP area. They also have the chance to provide goods and services to the project and to become corporate sponsors.

The Shanghai World Expo will take place between 1 May and 31 October 2010. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is leading the expo project in collaboration with Commonwealth agencies, state and territory governments and private sector stakeholders. Information about Australia’s participation in the Shanghai World Expo 2010 can be found at www.expo2010.com.au.

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