Mace and Arup are hoping their work on the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru will help propel them into the South American market.
With just under a year to go until the games begin, Mace and Arup are looking at how they can capitalise on the venture.
Both firms were drafted in to implement work in April 2017, after the Department for International Trade (DIT) signed an agreement with the organisers of the games to help the Peruvian government deliver the infrastructure and organisation of the games.
Work carried out by the companies includes working with the Peruvian government, contractors and consultants to introduce a new procurement process using the NEC3 contract, and setting up a new delivery model. They are also now working on a plan for the legacy use of the games’ buildings and infrastructure.
Both firms said that working with the DIT had opened new opportunities to work in Peru, which they would not have pursued before, as well as opening doors in other South American countries.
“We haven’t worked in Peru before and we probably wouldn’t have done it if the DIT hadn’t been the main client, because it’s daunting, there’s all sorts of taxation issues, set up issues and cultural issues,” said Mace director of transport and major programmes consultancy Davendra Dabasia.
But he said on the back of the work it had carried out to deliver the games, it wants to replicate the model on other major infrastructure projects around South America.
“We see around five or 10 years where we can showcase those [project management skills] on major infrastructure schemes in places like Peru, Chile, Panama potentially and Colombia,” he said.
“In Colombia they have a big spend, lots of metros, aviation projects. That’s where we can really help infrastructure progress in South America but also drive Mace as a business into those markets.”
Likewise Arup director of global planning and cities leader Jerome Frost confirmed that Arup is already in talks to carry out further works in South America.
He added: “Colleagues of mine are already in meetings to look at infrastructure projects around Peru and South America where we might build on the legacy of this project and hopefully that will start to yield opportunities.”
Frost described the government model as “fantastic” and said it supported Arup’s ambitions to win work overseas and develop in new markets.
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