CONSULTANT WHITE Young Green is taking on non engineering-based projects as part of a push into new international markets, chief executive John Purvis said this week.
It is carrying out education, health and municipal administration projects in South Africa and Turkey.
The fi m hopes this work will build a presence in these ountries so it can win infrastructure design work as their economies develop over the coming decade.
The consultant has also started a £10M, European Union funded contract in Syria to provide advice on planning, property maintenance, transport and waste management to the municipal governments of Damascus and five other cities.
'We're aiming to grow our international turnover to 25% of the group total, ' said Purvis.
White Young Green is ursuing projects funded by the European Union (EU) and international funding institutions.
Purvis said spending on developing countries was following a similar pattern to that in eastern Europe ahead of EU enlargement in 2003.
'We're gaining a toehold with social projects. It may take 10 to 15 years for the hard engineering schemes to come through, ' said Purvis.
'At the moment our only mpetitors are the big four financial consultants.'