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Foster sets up in Sao Paulo as Brits win Brazilian work

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British businesses have won £70 million of contracts for the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, the prime minister said today (28 September)

David Cameron is heading up a delegation of British business leaders on a trade mission to Brazil which includes directors from Zaha Hadid Architects and Mouzhan Majidi, the chief executive of Foster + Partners.

Norman Foster’s practice, which is working on a number of redevelopment and masterplan schemes in the country, announced last week it was planning to open an office in São Paulo.

Majidi said: ‘Brazil is one of the most important emerging markets with huge potential for future development and with our skills and expertise, particularly in the field of infrastructure, sustainability and masterplanning, we are eager to bring our ability to innovate to this new market.’

A team led by AECOM, working with architects Wilkinson Eyre and engineers Expedition, is already masterplanning the 2016 Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro (see AJ 22.08.2011).

Meanwhile a survey by Deloitte has found that more than a quarter of British businesses believe the successful delivery of the London 2012 will help provide an export boost to host countries of future major events. 

The government said London’s successful summer of sport has lined firms up to win projects worth £250 million.

According to the AJ’s sister publication Construction News, UK-based Blue Cube in partnership with Brazilian company NORA, has won the tender process to provide 64,000 seats for the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, which will be the first stadium to be completed for the world cup. Blue Cube has done extensive work in the UK, including the London 2012 Olympic Stadium.

London 2012 velodrome structural engineers Useful Simple are opening an office in Rio in the next few weeks.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said 22 British companies have won 36 contracts. Projects include urban and transport planning for nine World Cup host cities, the Olympic Park master plan design contract and communications and IT facilities.

Cameron said: ‘This summer Britain set a new Olympic benchmark.

“With UK companies already working closely with Rio 2016, winning contracts and building business links, we are in an ideal position to boost British business in Brazil from Rio 2016 and beyond.”

Paul Deighton, the chairman of London Organising Committee of Olympic and Paralympic Games who will be joining the Treasury in the new year, said:  “Hosting the Games presents a huge opportunity for Brazil and British companies are well placed to maximise on London’s excellent reputation for delivery.”

Steve Almond, managing partner for international markets at Deloitte, who is travelling with the delegation to Brazil, said: “The British construction industry has enjoyed a massive reputational boost as a result of the skill and efficiency with which the vast Olympic programme was put together. 

“Similarly, our world leading skills in high value services such as management planning, technical consulting and design were evident in ensuring the Games were delivered on schedule and on budget.” 

Brazil 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 company partnerships and contracts won by UK built environmemnt companies include:

  • Populous – 2014 World Cup Natal stadium architects. Populous were official architectural and overlay design services provider for London 2012.
  • ISG – construction and operation of the 45,000 seat 2014 World Cup Arena Pernambuco, Recife.
  • Steer Davies Gleave – providing independent transport and major event consultancy to nine World Cup cities, including Rio de Janeiro. The company assisted the Olympic Delivery Authority on transport planning work as part of the planning for the London 2012 Games.
  • PwC – consulting work for the Rio Investment Agency.
  • Ernst & Young – professional services consulting for the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • ARUP – sustainability advisors for the Rio 2016 Olympic Village project. Arup were design partners for the London 2012 handball arena.
  • London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic masterplaners AECOM have been appointed masterplanners for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park and advisors to City Olympic Authority.
  • Wilkinson Eyre Architects – Rio 2016 Olympic Park masterplan architect advisors with AECOM. The company designed the London 2012 basketball arena.
  • Innovision – worked on Brazil’s London 2012 Casa Brasil pavilion.
  • Clive Richardson – sports pitch stadia construction specialists for 2014 FIFA World Cup Gremio and Mineriao arenas.
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