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Overseas potential following successful Olympic projects

International construction consultant McBains Cooper has urged the government to expand overseas work for UK contractors who have helped to deliver the Olympic Games.

The consultant, which works on public and private sector projects in the UK, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, stated that it has seen a consistent chorus of approval for the work being done in London as part of its work overseas and urged contractors to build on that to win work abroad.

Chief executive Michael Thirkettle said: “The fact is that in comparison to any other recent major sporting event – and some recent Olympics - London 2012 construction has run far faster and more efficiently.

“That has been noted by other countries, and, frankly, because of our reputation, British construction and professional consultancy businesses are amongst the very few who can travel the world to help drive and deliver major projects for other venue cities – the Olympics is a fantastic global shop window for British management expertise, design and construction skills, and that expertise can be exported to make other games equally impressive.”

Mr Thirkettle added that UK companies with the ability to export their expertise should be selling it to the next successful, or candidate, Olympic venues.

He said: “Everybody involved in construction, whether in Brazil or the 2020 candidate venues, has commented on the success of the planning and construction of everything London games-related – and more often than not it’s accompanied by some positive reference to the UK construction industry, and its professional advisers and consultancies being the best in the world.

“Anybody with any ability to export British construction expertise should be hot on the heels of those departing, and selling that expertise to the next successful or candidate Olympic venues.”