The head of Aecom’s successful Rio 2016 Olympic masterplan has warned that the success of UK contractors on the London games does not mean work will automatically follow in Brazil.
Asked whether UK contractors could win work on the Rio sites, Bill Hanway said: “Brazil has very strong, skilled construction firms as a basis for [construction] opportunities but within that I think [UK] teams with experience in terms of co-ordination could have a role to play.”
Bill Hanway added that Aecom’s successful masterplan for the Rio games had been won on the strength of the bid in legacy terms, rather than association with the winning London plan developed by the same project team.
“The masterplan design was part of an open competition so you had to prove a competency level of design and power of imagery on its own, so the fact that we had won London 2012 didn’t play into the original competition,” he said.
Mr Hanway said the London and Rio sites will prove vastly different in terms of construction, as the Rio Olympic Park will be based at a former F1 racetrack and has been mostly cleared of buildings and doesn’t contain on-site challenges that included the Lea Valley and canals.
Global head of Aecom’s sports group Peter Flint said that future projects the company is monitoring include working with football clubs, as a number of high-profile stadium plans remain in the pipeline.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are among the Premier League football clubs to have unveiled plans that could be worth more than £1 billion to the industry in the coming years.
He said: “One of the things about the sports sector is there is a fantastic pipeline of work and a lot of your experience can be leveraged against future projects,” he said.
Among the clients listed by Aecom company Davis Langdon is Liverpool FC, who have been linked with a move to a new £400 million stadium, while Aecom has developed stadia in Russia and is expected to look for work at the 2018 World Cup there as well.