The Falkland Islands Government is promising to press ahead with a number of long-awaited transport infrastructure projects after naming Ramboll UK as its professional services framework contractor.
A small technical and professional team from the firm will head out to the South Atlantic later this month to begin work alongside local engineering services company Ajax.
Projects on the agenda include new port facilities, improvements to Stanley Airport and the latest phase of works at Sapper Hill, where new homes are being constructed.
Work is also scheduled to upgrade the terminal at the RAF’s Mount Pleasant base, which serves as the Islands’ international airport because of its long runway.
The contract is the latest for Ramboll in the Falklands Islands. It has also been involved in a project investigating the feasibility of Stanley Airport development and has completed an engineering design for the new Stanley power station.
Falklands MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) Roger Edwards said: “We recognise that in the past there have been widespread delays in bringing forward capital projects; this has been due to a lack of available resource and capacity. Delivering ambitious construction plans requires a stable base of experienced specialists who can be deployed swiftly as needed, and this is what the single supplier professional services framework will provide.”
Ramboll has two decades of experience in the region, having previously handled projects for the Ministry of Defence and British Antarctic Survey.
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