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Firms Shortlisted To Deliver The UK Pavilion At The Milan Expo 2015 Revealed

Creative innovators in design, food, technology, music and science, have been shortlisted to deliver the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015

Published on 06 March 2014

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Creative innovators from the worlds of design, food, technology, music and science, have been shortlisted to deliver the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015.

The competition to run the UK Pavilion was launched in January this year (2014) and the 8 shortlisted teams progressing to the next stage include talent from London, Nottingham, Bath and Cornwall. Businesses involved in the teams include architects, musicians, jelly sculptors, artists, 3D data capture specialists and farming technologists.

More than 130 countries are expected to take part at the Universal Expo which has chosen as its theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. A total of 20 million visitors are expected at the Expo which will run from May to October next year (2015).

The winning team will be asked to highlight world class British research, innovation, entrepreneurship and international development interventions contributing to improving the quality of people’s lives and meeting the global challenge of feeding the planet under the working title - ‘Grown in Britain: Shared Globally’.

UK Commissioner General, Hannah Corbett said:

"Feeding the planet is a global challenge for both the developed and emerging world and the UK has a powerful story to tell about how we are generating world-leading breakthroughs in agri-tech, plant science, animal health, technology as well as food and drink.

"The Milan Expo will be a unique opportunity for the UK to demonstrate our world class innovation and creativity to millions of people around the globe.

"I have been impressed by the number of companies who applied and delighted that the final list represents such a diverse cross-section of British talent."

More than 85 creative and construction teams responded to the first phase of the design and construction competitions, both launched in January 2014. The creative teams are led by architects and design agencies collaborating with other creative companies. They will present their detailed concepts in April 2014.

Businesses that make up the 8 shortlisted creative teams include:

  • architects AL_A and the conservation organisation The Nature Conservancy
  • architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Studio Myerscough
  • architects Asif Khan and the world’s largest museum exhibition design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • designers Barber & Osgerby, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum
  • David Kohn Architects, food artists Bompas & Parr and food educationalists London Research Kitchen
  • landscape architects Grant Associates and sustainable farming technologists Seawater Greenhouse
  • design practice Paul Cocksedge Studio and the creators of commercial aquapoinic farm GrowUP
  • artists Wolfgang Buttress Studio and the music management company for the Chemical Brothers, Fleet River Music

Seven construction firms have also been shortlisted to build the UK Pavillion. They are from London, York and Italy:

  • Cooperativa Muratori and Cementisti – CMC di Ravenna
  • GL events Owen Brown
  • Impresa di Costruzioni Ing. E. Mantovani S.p.A
  • Nussli UK Ltd
  • Mace Limited
  • Pico In-Creative (UK) Limited
  • Stage One Creative Services Ltd

Malcolm Reading, architect and design competition organiser, said:

"The creative shortlist represents an inspiring mix of skills, combining design, content and interpretation and spanning a number of professional fields from architecture and music to agri-business, via engineering and story-telling.

"The collaborative approach rises to the challenge of making a memorable pavilion for Milan and our shortlist has great talent and energy."

For more information about this press release including Editor's Notes and contact details visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/firms-shortlisted-to-deliver-the-uk-pavilion-at-the-milan-expo-2015-revealed



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Posted 2014-03-06 10:50:00