2012 success can win UK firms work around globe

Grant Prior 12 years ago
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The successful construction of the Olympic venues should be a springboard for UK contractors and consultants to win major projects worldwide.

International consultant McBains Cooper is now urging Government’s trade teams to wave the flag abroad for the UK construction industry.

McBains Cooper said everyone is now looking at London 2012 as an example of how a major project should be built.

Chief executive Michael Thirkettle said: “McBains Cooper already has an alliance in Brazil – the venue for the 2016 games – and we’re working in virtually every country or region, bar Japan, which are candidates for the 2020 games.

“But whether it’s Rio 2016, or candidates in Spain, Italy, Azerbaijan, Turkey or Qatar for 2020, there’s a common murmuring we hear every time the subject comes up.

“And that is that everybody involved in construction, whether in Brazil or the 2020 candidate venues, has commented on the success of the planning and construction of everything London games-related – and more often than not it’s accompanied by some positive reference to the UK construction industry, and its professional advisers and consultancies being the best in the world.

“The fact is that in comparison to any other recent major sporting event – and some recent Olympics – London 2012 construction has run far faster and more efficiently.

“That has been noted by other countries, and, frankly, because of our reputation, British construction and professional consultancy businesses are amongst the very few who can travel the world to help drive and deliver major projects for other venue cities.

“The Olympics is a fantastic global shop window for British management expertise, design and construction skills, and that expertise can be exported to make other games equally impressive.”

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