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British firms land overseas contracts

A clutch of international contract wins by UK firms has been announced at the government’s infrastructure business summit today.

Mott MacDonald has been appointed to provide contract administration and site overview services to one of the world’s largest underground pumping stations in Abu Dhabi, due to be completed in mid-2015. The station will be over 100m deep and will involve capital expenditure of £232m.

Atkins will open an office in Malaysia, and has announced a series of major international design contracts, including for the £1.3bn North Wathba residential development housing 130,000 people in Aby Dhabi, and for two supertall towers in Zhengzhou, China.

Wates Construction International was awarded a contract to build two schools in Abu Dhabi. Each school is valued at £40m and will cover 20,000 square metres. They are due for completion in 2013.

BDP will deliver a number of Chinese urban masterplanning and architectural design contracts, including the £400m Shanghai ‘Bund X-Change’ and the £20.1m Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University.

Bluewater Bio International, which provided technology for Bahrain’s biggest sewage treatment plant, is to enter into a technology alliance with Thames Water.

Terry Hill, Arup Group Trusts chairman, said the firm was “delighted” to be represented at the summit.

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

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman hailed British firms’ “unparalleled technological and commercial skills” in addressing global water supply 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 fitting reduce the Park’s dependence on potable water by 65 per cent.”

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

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