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“British companies have unparalleled technological and commercial skills to help the world address these issues. London’s Olympic Park is a clear example of British ingenuity, where rainwater harvesting capabilities, the wastewater treatment plant and water efficient fixtures and fittings reduce the Park’s dependence on potable water by 65%.

British firms can offer our expertise, ingenuity and insight to help all nations address this most pressing of problems facing the world’s population.”

Support for summit on infrastructure

Terry Hill CBETerry Hill CBE, (left) Chairman of Arup Group Trusts said “Arup is delighted to support the British Business Embassy summit on Infrastructure.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase UK talent and expertise to leading industry figures from across the world, as well as highlighting the importance high quality infrastructure plays in promoting growth and competitiveness.”

The Infrastructure Day is one of 18 global business summits being organised by UK Trade & Investment in the course of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

UK-international business

The following companies chose to profile their international business at the British Business Embassy:

Mott MacDonald, a global management, engineering and development consultancy whose headquarters are in Croydon, has announced it has been appointed by the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company to provide contract administration and site overview services for the development of one of the world’s largest underground pumping stations. The pumping station will be over 100 metres deep and will have a peak pumping capacity of approximately 3.3 million cubic metres per day. The project will involve a capital expenditure of $360 (£232) million and is creating 40 jobs and safeguarding 10 existing jobs in the UK.

Wates Construction International, part of major UK construction services company Wates, and their partner Al Fara’a General Contracting, has just been awarded the contract to build two schools in Abu Dhabi.

The two schools, each valued at approximately £40million and covering 20,000 square metres, will contain state-of-the-art facilities and are due for completion in 2013.

The projects build on the position of Wates as a leading supplier to the education sector both within the UK and in the United Aram Emirates, where Wates Construction International is already delivering the £12million British School, Al Khubairat, in Abu Dhabi with Al Fara’a.

Atkins, one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies, has today announced a series of international contracts, as well as the opening of an office in Malaysia.

Musanada, the United Arab Emirates Government entity responsible for delivering shared services, has awarded Atkins a contract in Abu Dhabi to design the North Wathba Urban Development, a £1.3 billion 42 km² residential development that will house 130,000 people and include communal facilities such as sports.

The Omani Ministry of Sports Affairs has awarded Atkins a contract to provide design and supervision services for the £50 million Sultan Qaboos Sports Academy being built next to the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat.

The focal point of the design is a 3,000 seat outdoor tennis stadium which is covered by an ETFE air-filled plastic roof which can be illuminated at night to create a landmark.

Henan Tianrui Group has awarded Atkins an architectural design contract for a 1,200,000 m² twin supertall tower project in Zhengzhou, China. The contract is being delivered for the Group’s Central China ICC Real Estate Company and it will be the largest landmark project in Zhengzhou. It will feature two supertall towers, five office towers, five star hotels and a 250,000 m² shopping centre.

Atkins is also establishing a new office in Malaysia that will offer a broad cross section of multidisciplinary engineering and design skills including project and programme management. The office is expected to support the rapid growth of infrastructure in South East Asia by focusing on significant contracts across the rail, metro and highways sectors, as well as architectural and transport oriented development.

BDP, a major UK-based, international practice of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists, has today announced that it has won a series of international contracts:

Shanghai Bund Investment has appointed BDP to provide architecture, landscape and lighting design for Shanghai’s new ‘Bund X–Change’, a 9,600 square metre development in the Bund Historical and Cultural Conservation Zone that will include retail, food and beverage, commercial offices, a luxury club, a boutique hotel, leisure and car parking. The project is valued at RMB 4 billion (£400 million).

Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU), a new international university in Suzhou run as a partnership between the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University, has appointed BDP to masterplan a 200,000 square metre campus development programme and provide architectural design for four of its buildings. The project is valued at RMB 200 million (£20.1 million).

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