British Companies to Participate in the Duterte Admin's "Build, Build, Build" Program

Some of the world's most prominent companies from the United Kingdom are interested in Pres. Rody Duterte's massive infrastructure project as they are coming and eager to participate in the "Build, Build, Build," program of the Duterte admin in the government's plans to pursue an ambitious $180-billion infra-spending bonanza.

The British companies who are interested in participating the massive infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration includes the world's most respected engineering and project management consultancy firm who was responsible for the construction of the world's tallest building Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

According to British "We are quite excited to join in the infrastructure development program of the Philippines… [Thus,] we look forward to contribute in the development of the country’s infrastructure,” Director and Head of Architecture, Interiors and Landscape Bertil de Kleynen of SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins said during the sidelines of the “Designing Future Cities: UK Innovation in Urban Planning and Architecture” business seminar held on February 22 at the Bonifacio Global City.

Last July 2017, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC) (“SNC-Lavalin” or the “Corporation”) completed its  acquisition of WS Atkins plc (“Atkins”), one of the world’s most respected consultancies in design, engineering and project management, with a leadership position across the infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors.

The company is now known as one of the world's most respected design engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. Its award-winning projects include the Burj Al Arab, Bahrain World Trade Centre, Shimao Intercontinental and Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

De Kleynen made an interesting suggestions for the Philippines, he said an archipelagic country like the Philippines must harness river transport to support movement of goods, services and people. Aside from helping decongest the thoroughfares of cities, he said using water transportation greatly aids in developing greater connectivity with other cities in a more efficient way.

Associate Director Adrian Marsden of Arup, for his part, also pointed out that improving the service of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 is important in enabling the government to decongest traffic, particularly along Edsa.

By enhancing the quality of service of the MRT and other train systems in the Philippines, Marsden explained that it is the only way to attract vehicle owners to use a mass-transit system.

According to the UK’s Department for International Trade, the British rail industry is considered as “world-class across all elements of rail systems: from the planning and design of projects, the procurement process, specialized equipment supply, construction, test and commissioning, all the way to operations, maintenance and whole-life asset management.” The world’s first locomotive-hauled railway opened in Britain in 1852.

Other companies that participated in the confab were  Foster & Partners, Dimension Y and MYAA.

Source: BusinessWorld

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