Global engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald has joined the partnership network of the UK’s Global Infrastructure Programme. In collaboration with the Foreign & Commonwealth Officer, the firm will aim to enable economic growth and sustainable development across the world.
The Cross-government Prosperity Fund (PF) is a key component of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) strategy. The initiative aims to remove barriers to economic growth and promote sustainable development needed to reduce poverty in partner countries. The Fund’s focus is on middle-income countries where 59% of the world’s poor live and where 60% of global growth will come from by 2030.
Part of this has seen the creation of a Global Infrastructure Programme (GIP), which aims to support sustainable infrastructure development in the partner countries to encourage inclusive economic growth, due to the connection between infrastructure and economic performance. The GIP helps partner countries adopt and adapt the UK’s leading infrastructure methodologies for business case development (5 Case), project planning (Project Initiation Routemap) and digital construction (Building Information Modelling – BIM).
In order to help pursue this agenda, international engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald has been appointed as Delivery Partner for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Building Information Modelling (BIM) Pathfinder Programme. The appointment will see Mott MacDonald work to assist the Global Infrastructure Programme. Over the next three years the global Mott MacDonald team, led by its Smart Infrastructure business will provide BIM technical and sector expertise across three countries – Indonesia, Vietnam and Colombia – and in capacity-build countries (including Brazil, Mexico, Peru and South Africa).
Commenting on the news, Adam Matthews, Head of International for CDBB said, “CDBB is delighted to be working with Mott MacDonald as our consultant to support the ambitious goal of the Prosperity Global Infrastructure Programme. It aims to deliver prosperity benefits to our partner countries, improving infrastructure delivery by introducing digital technology (Building Information Modelling) and at the same time opening new commercial opportunities for UK and international businesses.”
Andrew Moulds, Lead Programme Manager for Mott MacDonald, remarked, “We are proud to have been appointed the delivery partner to this prestigious programme, and we look forward to working with the FCO and CDBB.”
Peter Turner, Head of Prosperity Fund Global Infrastructure Programme Team at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office added, “I’m delighted that we will be working with Mott MacDonald on the programme, using their BIM capabilities to enhance delivery of our objectives.”