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Mon May 27 2024

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Construction’s day for Olympic push

8 Aug 12 UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has been holding a series of ‘summit meetings’ during the Olympics to promote British business to any foreign potentates that happen to be in town. Today is construction’s turn.

According to the government, its UKTI Infrastructure Summit being held at Lancaster House today brings together business leaders from across the world to debate emerging trends, examine best practice and identify opportunities across infrastructure sectors – construction, water, airports and rail.

Its real purpose, however, is to help British construction and engineering companies win work overseas.

Speakers at the even include chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority Sir John Armitt, Atkins CEO Dr Uwe Krueger and Infrastructure UK chairman Paul Skinner.

Companies being represented at the event include Wates, which in partnership with Al Fara'a General Contracting, has just been awarded an £80m contract to build two schools in Abu Dhabi, and consultants Mott MacDonald and BDP, as well as Atkins.

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will also set out progress on UK Guarantees, which will provide guarantees for major UK infrastructure projects and could potentially support up to £40bn of investment. He will announce that the Green Deal will be an early candidate for this programme.

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