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Foster and Hadid on Mexican trade mission

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Foster & Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects visited Mexico and Colombia this week as part of a trade mission being run by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg

The London-based practices were among 40 firms visiting the Latin American countries with Clegg and trade and investment minister Lord Livingston.

The UK government is keen for British companies to benefit from infrastructure opportunities in the two countries.

Clegg said: ‘The global influence of Colombia and Mexico, both politically and economically, is increasing at an incredible rate.

‘It is by forging greater ties with countries like these that we can rebuild our economy; find new export markets for British businesses, identify new opportunities, and sign new contracts.’

He announced targets of doubling the UK’s market share in Mexico to 1.5 per cent by 2020, and achieving £4 billion of bilateral trade and investment with Columbia by 2020.

The Building Research Establishment signed a deal on the mission that could pave the way for the use of certain European construction standards in Mexico.

It formed an agreement with the government of central Mexican state Aguascalientes over BREEAM and Loss Prevention Certification Board ratings.

BRE head of international Orivaldo Barros said ‘An environmental standard for buildings like BREEAM, which is used in over 70 countries throughout the world, has clear and demonstrable social, economic and environmental benefits and is adaptable for Mexico in line with their own specific issues.

‘LPCB standards are also used around the world to ensure that buildings conform to the highest fire and security standards.’

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