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Mott MacDonald appointed delivery partner for the UK's Global Infrastructure Programme

Mott MacDonald has been appointed as Delivery Partner for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Building Information Modelling (BIM) Pathfinder Programme, as part of the Cross-government Prosperity Funded Global Infrastructure Programme.

The Cross-government Prosperity Fund (PF) is a key component of the UK’s Official Development Assistance strategy. The fund 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 by 2030. There is a strong link between infrastructure development and increased prosperity, particularly benefiting the poorest in society, including supporting gender equality and inclusion.

The PF also seeks to improve trade links between partner countries and the rest of the world, including the UK. Higher growth in the partner country offers greater trade opportunities for international and UK business.

The Prosperity funded Global Infrastructure Programme (GIP), aims to support sustainable infrastructure development in the partner countries to encourage inclusive economic growth. GIP helps the 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 (BIM).

GIP is a cross-government initiative of the FCO, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) and the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), working with selected partner countries across Latin America, Asia and Africa. It delivers expertise and capacity building for government policy officials and national infrastructure clients.

Over the next three years, Mott MacDonald will provide BIM technical and sector expertise across three pathfinder countries – Indonesia, Vietnam and Colombia and in capacity build countries (including Brazil, Mexico, Peru and South Africa).

Effective infrastructure, such as better hospitals, schools and transport networks, is essential to supporting a good quality of life and provides the basis for businesses and economies to grow and be prosperous. Encouraging a BIM way of working will lead to better buildings and infrastructure by facilitating better project development, procurement, finance, design, delivery and operation of public building and infrastructure projects – in turn leading to a social and economic benefit in partner countries.

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 and at the same time opening new commercial opportunities for UK and international businesses."

Peter Turner, head of prosperity Fund Global Infrastructure Programme Team at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said: “I’m delighted that we will be working with Mott MacDonald on the programme, using their BIM capabilities to enhance delivery of our objectives.”

Notes for editors:

About CDBB
The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, and integrate the built environment. As part of its International Programme, CDBB delivers support to the UK Government’s Prosperity funded Global Infrastructure Programme (GIP) that offers UK infrastructure methodologies for business case development, project preparation and digital construction to partner countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. We work with government officials and industry stakeholders in partner countries to identify the adaptations required to meet local cultural, contractual and legal conditions and, importantly, to deliver on the desired national outcomes for that country.

About Mott MacDonald
Mott MacDonald is a global engineering, management and development consultancy focusing on economic and social infrastructure.  With a global revenue of £1.6bn (£0.9bn for UK incorporated entities and their branches), Mott MacDonald are one of the world’s largest employee-owned firms, employing over 16,000 people (7,800 in the UK) and delivering projects in over 150 countries, but with a focus on; the UK, North America, Middle East, Australasia, Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa.

About FCO
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office promotes the United Kingdom's interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a worldwide network of embassies and consulates, employing over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices. We work with international organisations to promote UK interests and global security, including the EU, NATO, the United Nations, the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth.

About the Global Infrastructure Programme
The Global Infrastructure Programme (GIP) is a cross Whitehall initiative to help sustain economic growth through the development of economic and social infrastructure. The GIP aims to improve the provision of sustainable and resilient infrastructure as a critical enabler for economic development in middle income countries.

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