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Blog: Adam Matthews on the appointment of Mott MacDonald as a Delivery Partner for GIP

Following the announcement that Mott MacDonald has been appointed delivery partner for the UK Global Infrastructure Programme, Adam Matthews, Head of CDBB International, welcomes the news.

CDBB is delighted that Mott MacDonald has been awarded the role of delivery partner for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Building Information Modelling (BIM) Pathfinder 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 pathfinder countries – Indonesia, Vietnam and Colombia, and in capacity build countries including Brazil, Mexico, Peru and South Africa.

Resilient infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and transport networks, is essential to securing a good quality of life and supports 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.

The BIM Pathfinder programme is part of the cross-government Prosperity-funded Global Infrastructure Programme (GIP). The Prosperity Fund (PF) is a key component of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) strategy. The Fund aims to remove barriers to economic growth and promote sustainable development needed to reduce poverty in partner countries. It 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.

Infrastructure is vital to a country’s prosperity and is an enabler of economic growth and poverty reduction, but there is a global infrastructure gap – a major global challenge estimated by the Global Infrastructure Hub and Oxford Economics to be $3.7tn globally per annum or $94.0tn between 2016 and 2040 – caused by a lack of investable infrastructure proposals and inefficiencies in the project development process.

The GIP is an international initiative that brings together the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to work with selected partner countries across Latin America, Asia and Africa. It delivers expertise and capacity building for government policy officials and national infrastructure clients.

We look forward to working with Mott MacDonald on this exciting opportunity to work collaboratively with our partner countries to deliver prosperity benefits and improve infrastructure delivery by introducing digital technology. The GIP delivers domestic benefits, creates global conditions for prosperity and facilitates trade across national borders for partner countries and the UK.